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Debates and Questions - Day 1 - 24 April 2020

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Title

Debates and Questions - Day 1 - 24 April 2020

Other title

Parliamentary Record 27

Collection

Debates and Questions for 13th Assembly 2019 - 2020; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020

Date

2020-04-24

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates and Questions

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

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

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/787608

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/805272

Page content

DEBATES AND QUESTIONS Friday 24 April 2020 8301 Madam Speaker Purick took the Chair at 8.30 am. MESSAGES FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR Message No 32 Assent to Bills Passed in March Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, I have received Message Number 32 from Her Honour the Administrator notifying assent to bills passed at the March 2020 Sittings. The message is dated 14 April 2020. Message No 33 Assent to Bills Passed in February Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, I have received Message Number 33 from Her Honour the Administrator notifying assent to bills passed at the February 2020 Sittings. The message is dated 20 April 2020. SPEAKERS STATEMENT COVID-19 Response Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public galleries for todays meeting of the Assembly remain closed. Those who wish to view the meeting can do so through the Department of the Legislative Assembly website. To enable honourable members to practise social distancing during divisions, votes for the affirmative will be recorded by members standing at their desks and votes for the negative by members sitting at their desks. I advise that hand sanitiser is available in the Chamber and I encourage all members to make use of it to ensure good hygiene for all of us. MOTIONS Routine of Business Ms FYLES (Leader of Government Business): Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 59 I move that the routine of business for today consists of: 1. Assembly Business 2. Government Business, followed by the adjournment of the Assembly to a date and time to be fixed pursuant to Standing Order 4. Mrs FINOCCHIARO (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, speaking to what the Leader of Government Business is attempting to achieve, we support the fact we need to reorder the way parliament will work today to support the passage of important bills that have gone through the National Cabinet process and need to be put into Northern Territory law. We have no issue with that. We support what the government is trying to achieve, including starting the day early and not having a lunch break. We recognise that we have a very important job to do. As an opposition we are not afraid to do that; we are willing to sit as long as it takes today to get that done. We were very willing to sit multiple days in a row. The business of the parliament is very important. It is an important opportunity for scrutiny of the government, particularly in a time of crisis. In a time of crisis the government should be more open than ever when it comes to transparency with what it is doing, how it is doing it, how much it is costingand other matters. We have seen the government make a lot of decisions over the last month with the cancellation of Territory Day, the snap decision to cancel the Home Improvement Scheme and the solar rebate. The government has done many things in the last month including, and in addition to, its response to COVID-19. That requires scrutinynot the least being our budgetary situation. As we know, we will not be having a budget and a pre-election fiscal outlook. Madam Speaker, I seek to amend what the government is trying to do today. We believe the Routine of Business should be set aside for questions and that Question Time today be conducted in a manner set out by Sessional Order 2, which is a Wednesday-style Question Time. Ms FYLES: A point of order, Madam Speaker! I move that the question be put. Mr Wood: We are not that urgent, are we?


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