Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 26 March 2015) . . Page.. 1213 ..
What I would suggest to Mr Rattenbury is that if he does not like things that are coming through cabinet or if he is not across them, pay attention. Certainly we are ready to go. I am assuming that the Labor Party are ready to go, given that it is their bill. Maybe they did not know what was going on, either. Anyway, I can assure the Assembly that we were ready to address this bill and have done the necessary work. I am just a little bamboozled by Mr Rattenbury, who seems to seek to blame others for his own gaps in performance.
MADAM SPEAKER: I present members with a procedural problem that I foresee with this, which is not to cast any aspersions on the motion. I know that I will be absent from the Assembly on 1 May. I have a sneaking suspicion that Ms Porter, the Deputy Speaker, will also be absent. I am going to a CPA executive committee meeting, and she is going to a CWP event. I think we are absent at the same time.
Mr Rattenbury: That is most unusual.
MADAM SPEAKER: It is pretty unusual and I am sorry for the slightly unusual intervention. But I just read the motion and saw that we might be making ourselves a problem. Can I put that out there? Somebody might like to deal with it.
Mr Barr: Would 2 May address the issue?
MADAM SPEAKER: 2 May is a Saturday. I will not be back until 4 May and I think Ms Porter is not back until the same day.
MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (12.17): Madam Speaker, can I assist by foreshadowing an amendment to Minister Rattenbury’s motion to make that 4 May?
MADAM SPEAKER: If you did it on 5 May, you would not have to worry about the—
MR BARR: Okay.
MADAM SPEAKER: Because the 5th is a sitting day.
MR BARR: Okay. We will make it the 5th. I move an amendment to Mr Rattenbury’s amendment:
Omit “1 May 2015”, substitute “5 May 2015”.
Amendment agreed to.
MADAM SPEAKER: I am sorry about that. Mr Barr.
MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (12.19): No, that is all right. I am pleased to have been able to assist. On the