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from our point of view this is an animal welfare issue. We are very pleased that the legislation will be debated today, as was agreed in admin and procedure. It has been well canvassed in advance.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (3.47), in reply: Just to close, Mr Assistant Speaker, it seems that there is a lack of understanding of how certain procedures in this place work. We have the manager of government business saying that at government business meetings the opposition is consulted on what business is coming forward.

We are informed at the government business meeting of what business is being brought forward. It is, according to standing orders, the executive’s responsibility to set the agenda for Tuesdays and Thursdays in this place. Admin and procedure has no involvement at that level. It is the manager of government business who is responsible then for informing the opposition and the crossbench of what the government’s agenda is for those sitting days. If the manager of government business wants to stand up in this place and use that meeting as tacit approval of the government’s agenda, perhaps the opposition needs to stop attending. That is not the format of the meeting. That is certainly not what the standing orders say about those meetings and the government’s role in this.

The opposition stands by this motion that further consideration is warranted on this matter. The banning of greyhound racing is a fairly significant step. As is rightly the case, many in the community outside of greyhound racing—in thoroughbred racing, harness racing and the like—are also very concerned about what the extreme agenda of this government, the Greens-Labor coalition, might be for their racing codes, given that this government has paid little regard to those involved in the industry, their welfare and their wellbeing going forward.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 12

Mr Coe

Mr Milligan

Ms Burch

Ms Orr

Mrs Dunne

Mr Parton

Ms Cheyne

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Cody

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Jones

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Gentleman

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Racing (Greyhounds) Amendment Bill 2017

[Cognate bill:

Domestic Animals (Racing Greyhounds) Amendment Bill 2017]

Debate resumed.

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