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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 21 October 2008

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Title

Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 21 October 2008

Other title

Parliamentary Record 2

Collection

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

Date

2008-10-21

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/277608

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/423677

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DEBATES - Tuesday 21 October 2008 463 The argument - the very spurious argument - put by the Leader of Government Business, is that all the issues have been canvassed. I have not heard from other members of this House, other than the member for Fong Lim, the minister responsible, the Chief Minister, and myself. What if some other members wanted to talk on this particular statement which is before the House at the moment? There are a whole bunch of angles that we do not know about. The government just voted in a Censure Motion that the motion be put. So, they allow two speakers each well, that is a normal thing that we are allowed Members interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Mr ELFERINK: We appreciate that there is a standing convention that there are only two speakers on a Censure Motion, but it is still a motion of this House that the censure debate was gagged after two key speakers on each side. It is a convention that I am starting to have some reservations about. However, to say that: Four members have spoken, we can now ignore the issue and hope it goes away, what about the issues that the member for Macdonnell might want to raise? She may well have issues, to speak in support of the Northern Territory government or not. What about the member for Barkly? What about the member for Casuarina, who may want to speak in support of the government? After all, he is a man who has bought a generator as a result of this. What about the member for Goyder? What about the Independent member for Nelson? What about all the members on this side of the House who want to debate this particular issue? It is an outrage that debate after debate in this House is truncated by a government that does not want to be responsible for the actions of governance. This government is trying to truncate debate for one simple reason only; they want to be in bed on time. Members interjecting. Mr ELFERINK: We work a 33-day year in parliament. Madam SPEAKER: Member for Port Darwin, resume your seat. I am trying to clarify what the motion is that the Leader of Government Business has put because there was already a motion before the Chair that the ministerial statement be noted. Leader of Government Business, was it your intention to say that the motion be put? Ms LAWRIE: Yes, Madam Speaker. Madam SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be now put. The Assembly divided: Ayes 13 Noes 12 Mrs Aagaard Mr Bohlin Ms Anderson Ms Carney Dr Burns Mr Chandler Mr Gunner Mr Conlan Mr Hampton Mr Elferink Mr Henderson Mr Giles Mr Knight Mr Mills Ms Lawrie Ms Purick Mr McCarthy Mr Styles Ms McCarthy Mr Tollner Ms Scrymgour Mr Westra van Holthe Mr Vatskalis Mr Wood Ms Walker Motion agreed to. Mr Elferink: Outrageous! Ms Carney: I have never seen that. You have not done that before, on your own statement. Mr Elferink: This is the fourth time, folks in the public galleries, in four days, that they have Madam SPEAKER: Order! Mr Elferink: absolutely prevented us from talking about any issues. Members interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! The question is that the motion be now agreed to. Mr ELFERINK: We will divide again, Madam Speaker, and we will now bog you down in process, so you are here until midnight every night. Madam SPEAKER: Is the division supported? Ms Carney: The division is supported, Madam Speaker. Members interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! I remind members that this is a motion that the ministerial statement be now noted. The Assembly divided: Ayes 13 Noes 12 Mrs Aagaard Mr Bohlin Ms Anderson Ms Carney