Page 2887 - Week 09 - Thursday, 13 August 2015
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, will you resume your seat. I have made a ruling and I am not going to debate it.
Mr Smyth: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Coe.
MR COE: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will continue to talk about how there is this newfound urgency for the government to reject their own territory plan, or to move a motion to that effect, with regard to variations Nos 327 and 347.
It is important to note that Minister Corbell said that I put a notice on the notice paper. If one looks at notice paper 110 of this Assembly, I do not see it on the notice paper, minister. I do not see it anywhere. I wonder where it is; it is not there. Instead we have a situation whereby the minister thinks that he should disallow his colleague’s variations as a matter of urgency and, in doing so, go around the standing orders.
The standing orders do not allow this. The standing orders do not permit the minister to do what he is doing. That is why he has to move for the suspension of standing orders. It is a very tricky thing this government are doing. They are a tricky government. That is exactly the problem that so many people have in Canberra with regard to the issues on which the substantial debate may well be about, should the suspension of standing orders get up.
Therefore I encourage all in this place to uphold the standing orders and to vote against such a suspension.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (4.05): I am pleased to rise to talk on the motion to suspend standing orders. It is an important procedural position that we are moving today—to allow these motions to be put in relation to disallowing the two DVs. In Minister Corbell’s speaking to the motion, he advised that we will not be supporting them, so the idea is that the motions will be put and they will not be able to go forward.
This occurs because earlier today Mr Coe lodged two motions with the Clerk. It was notified on the lodgement book. We obtained two copies of those motions to disallow the two draft variations. The implication of that is that they would stay then on the Clerk’s books and the notice paper for a disallowance discussion at the next sitting, which will be in September.
In conversation, once those were first notified to me, I went and spoke with Mr Coe during the lunch break. He advised that that did occur. I asked if he wanted to bring