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motions like this with little or no notice will not be encouraged or supported. It will not be encouraged or supported and—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR BARR: Mr Coe’s interjections, whilst they might be interesting parliamentary tactics, show no courtesy whatsoever. When you are seeking to suspend standing orders, you need a majority of members in this place to agree with you. A simple conversation beforehand may have resolved this matter. My advice to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition is that you can, of course, as I indicated earlier, place this on notice and have the Assembly devote an hour to debating it next Wednesday, in six days time, when this place devotes an entire day to private members’ business, more time than any other parliament in the country devotes to private members’ business. That would be an appropriate use of the forms of this house for discussion of these matters, and that is why we will not be supporting the motion for the suspension of standing orders this afternoon.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, you have about 45 seconds.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (3.43): That is what I figured. Everyone else has been so talkative this afternoon. Madam Speaker, the Greens would normally support this sort of suspension of standing orders; we do, as members know, generally take the view that the Assembly should consider these matters. But Ms Le Couteur and I have listened carefully to the debate, and we take on board the point that the minister for health made: that this was not actually asked for in question time. Just 30 minutes ago, the minister could have been asked for this paper. She was not asked for the paper in question time and so we do not see the urgency in debating this matter now.

Mrs Kikkert: I have something to say.

MADAM SPEAKER: No. We only have 15 minutes, and time has expired.

Question put:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Lawder moving a motion to require the ACT Government to table documents relating to cladding on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 12

Mr Coe

Mr Milligan

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mrs Dunne

Mr Parton

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Lawder

Mr Gentleman

Mr Steel

Ms Lee

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

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