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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 10 June 2009



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 10 June 2009

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Parliamentary Record 6


Debates for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012




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DEBATES Wednesday 10 June 2009 3122 On that basis, I formally move an amendment that will capture the guarantees or concessions outlined by the member for Nelson and that these are incorporated into the motion: Adding at the end: and 2. That the following conditions be adopted No more than one minister will be an alternate member at a time. No minister will be an alternate member when direct matters of their portfolio responsibilities are before the Public Accounts or Estimates Committees. The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly will draft guidelines on conflict of interest for the Public Accounts Committee to consider. The government will refer to the Standing Orders Committee in the August 2009 sittings, the matter associated with committees and committee membership. Madam SPEAKER: Member for Port Darwin, are you speaking to the amendment? Mr ELFERINK (Port Darwin): Madam Speaker, I wish to speak to the amendment. Ms Lawrie: What is the amendment? We need to see the amendment. Madam SPEAKER: I believe we need to have that written. Mr ELFERINK: I understand the Leader of Government Business has that in a written form in front of him. Ms Lawrie: No. What is your amendment? Mr ELFERINK: The amendment is that the concessions, as outlined by the member for Nelson, be incorporated into the motion. This is an awkward way to go about it, I concede that, but from the outset, the whole process Madam SPEAKER: Member for Port Darwin, can you resume your seat while I take advice? Member for Nelson, this amendment involves something which you have spoken about. For us to deal with this, we need to have a copy of whatever you were talking about. Mr WOOD: Madam Speaker, I have a copy of an e-mail. With all due respect to the member for Araluen, it was not a backdoor deal. Madam SPEAKER: I am asking if you have something, could you table it? Mr WOOD: Yes, I am happy to table that. Madam SPEAKER: Will you table that document. Thank you. Before we go on, we have to table these two documents. Is there anyone wanting to speak on the motion that was originally before the House, prior to speaking about any amendments? No. Mr ELFERINK: Madam Speaker, I suggest a five-minute adjournment while this is all photocopied and passed around to members. Madam SPEAKER: Member for Port Darwin, I will allow you to speak on the amendment. Mr ELFERINK: I will contain myself to the amendment, Madam Speaker. Whilst we appreciate that this is awkward for the House, I apologise. I am certain the member for Araluen also feels awkward with the structure of this amendment which has been brought about by a situation where the government has tried to do what it always does and has suddenly stumbled over the fact that they are a minority government, and they now have to negotiate with other parties in this House. Over the lunchtime period, I have spoken to the member for Nelson, and he described to me certain amendments or offers made by the government in relation to this motion. No such communication came from the government. It would have been interesting, if the government had bothered, because they know what my concerns are in relation to this matter, and they made Dr Burns: You had a week to get back to me, and you never did. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Mr ELFERINK: Get used to it. This is how you treat people. This is how this government has been treating this House for the last few months. Now, the Leader of Government Business is bent all out of shape because it has happened to him. Well, guess what? I knew

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