Parliamentary record : Part I debates (30 November 1989)
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DEBATES - Thursday 30 November 1989 Amendment negatived. Mr Poole Mr Reed Mr Setter Mr Vale Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. Mr PERRON (Chief Minister)(by leave): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. MOTION Special Adjournment Mr COULTER (Leader of Government Business): Mr Speaker, I move that the Assembly, at its rising, adjourn until Tuesday 20 February 1990 at 10 am or such other time and or date as may be set by Mr Speaker pursuant to sessional order. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I wish to speak to the motion. Mr Coulter: It is a special adjournment. Mr BELL: For the benefit of the Leader of Government Business, I am well aware of the procedures of this Assembly. I suggest to him that not only am I better aware of the procedures in this House, but I have a longer memory for the deliberations of this House and its committees than he does, which I believe I will be able to demonstrate to him more than adequately. Mr Speaker, this morning, you circulated a letter to all members which contains the sitting dates for 1990. Along with other members, I have noticed that this indicates 30 sitting days. There are 6 sitting days in the February/March sittings, 6 sitting days in May, 6 sitting days in August, 6 sitting days in October and 6 sittil)g days in November. When I went to school, 5 times 6 made 30. Mr Speaker, you will recall that, during the, August sittings, we tabled the Fifth Report of the Standing Orders Committee. Paragraph 4.2 ,of that report related to a discussion on the question of automatic adjournment of the Assembly and it contained .the fo 11 owing sentence: 'The commi ttee wasi nformed by Mr Coulter that, to ease the burden of the Assembly, it is intended that the Assembly sit for an additional 3 days ,in 1990'. We had 30 sitting days this year, and I believe that 3 additional days would mean that we would have not 30 days, as your letter indicated, but 33 days. Mr Speaker, I move that the, motion be amended by omitting '20' and inserting '13' in its stead. The effect of this motion would Mr Coulter: What number 13? Mr BELL: If you would like to give me a copy of the motion, I will read it out .. 8515
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