Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3031 ..
Thursday, 16 August 2018
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Rulings from the chair
Statement by Speaker
MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to go back to a query last night from Mr Gentleman relating to Mr Coe’s interjections during a speech made by Mr Rattenbury, and the actions of the occupant of the chair. Yesterday, during a motion about the ABC, Mr Coe was interjecting during a speech delivered by Mr Rattenbury. Mr Rattenbury pointed out to the chair that Mr Coe was on a warning. The Deputy Speaker was in the chair and she indicated that the ruling had not been hers. Prior to moving for the adjournment of the house, Mr Gentleman raised the matter with me while I was in the chair, seeking guidance as to whether a ruling made by one occupant of the chair was, in effect, binding on another occupant of the chair.
A check of the Assembly Hansard revealed that Mr Coe was not on a warning, although I did indicate to Mr Coe during question time, and immediately after warning Mr Hanson, that “you will be added to that list, Mr Coe”. Neither the companion to the standing orders nor House of Representatives Practice offers much guidance on this issue, although House of Representatives Practice observes:
If disorder arises or if special circumstances apply when a Member of the Speaker’s panel is presiding, the Speaker or Deputy Speaker will often resume the Chair.
Can I indicate here very clearly for members that I intend to adopt that practice, and whenever disorder occurs and I am not in the chair, I will return to the chair and I will continue with my original warnings that occurred earlier in the day.
MADAM SPEAKER: Can I alert members that in the public gallery we have leaders of the next generation, Canberra College students in year 11 and 12 who are studying global studies. Welcome to your Assembly.
The following response to a petition has been lodged:
Mitchell light rail stop—petition 6-18
By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 15 August 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Fitzharris on 20 March 2018 concerning a proposed light rail stop in Mitchell.