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Liberals have a moan and bitch because they can’t get their own act together after 4 years of sittings

By Jonathon Reynolds - 27 August 2008 25

ABC News Online is reporting that the Liberals are unhappy that Standing Orders in the Assembly were suspended and thus unable to introduce five private members bills.

Whilst the use of majority government to shut down debate or any assembly proceedings is in itself a travesty of democracy, but in this case the Liberals really do not have a leg to stand on given that notice of their bills was only given yesterday and from inspection of the bill titles none of them appear critical:

  • MR SESELJA: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Duties Act 1999 to provide concessions for certain people in relation to home ownership. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MR SESELJA: To present a Bill for an Act to provide for the development of the civic central area, and for other purposes. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MRS BURKE: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Health Professionals Act 2004, and for related purposes. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MR STEFANIAK: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Adoption Act 1993. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MR PRATT: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Emergencies Act 2004. (Notice given 26 August 2008).

What were they thinking?

Given that there has been four years of Assembly sittings with ample opportunity to introduce new private members business why attempt to present these bills on the last possible day before the Assembly rises and enters caretaker mode at the end of the week.

[ED – On the other hand Deb Foskey is thrilled she’s been able to get her laws passed to protect activists from frivolous litigation, supported by Labor and Liberal]

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Liberals have a moan and bitch because they can’t get their own act together after 4 years of sittings
Granny 6:05 pm 27 Aug 08

*boom boom*

: D

Overheard 6:02 pm 27 Aug 08

If it was an ‘erection’ they were getting, that would explain why they wanted to keep sitting for a while…

What do you call a bill that gives you an erection?
A hard ‘Act’ to follow.

Gungahlin Al 5:39 pm 27 Aug 08

Oops – meant to just clip the “sounds like selection” bit…

Back to my editing (suitably chastened Skid)… only 123 pages to go.

Granny 5:36 pm 27 Aug 08

Well, that was a scandal. Glad I read it here first.

Skidbladnir 5:19 pm 27 Aug 08

Gungahlin Al said :

…It starts with E and ends with N…

Resurrection?

This is from the man who reads Commonwealth Style for shits and giggles, people…

Are you sure you want him running Gungahlin as his hobby?

Gungahlin Al 5:11 pm 27 Aug 08

“I’ll give you the reason in just one word. It starts with E and ends with N and sounds very much like the word “selection”.”

Resurrection?

Spitfire3 5:10 pm 27 Aug 08

I thought of it too. I was just too classy to say it 🙂

jakez 4:58 pm 27 Aug 08

Mr Evil said :

Wide Boy Jake said :

QUOTE: What were they thinking?

Given that there has been four years of Assembly sittings with ample opportunity to introduce new private members business why attempt to present these bills on the last possible day before the Assembly rises and enters caretaker mode at the end of the week. UNQUOTE

I’ll give you the reason in just one word. It starts with E and ends with N and sounds very much like the word “selection”.

Erection?

GOD DAMN IT!

jakez 4:57 pm 27 Aug 08

Wide Boy Jake said :

QUOTE: What were they thinking?

Given that there has been four years of Assembly sittings with ample opportunity to introduce new private members business why attempt to present these bills on the last possible day before the Assembly rises and enters caretaker mode at the end of the week. UNQUOTE

I’ll give you the reason in just one word. It starts with E and ends with N and sounds very much like the word “selection”.

Submitting bills with little notice gives them an erection?

Eww.

Mr Evil 4:56 pm 27 Aug 08

Wide Boy Jake said :

QUOTE: What were they thinking?

Given that there has been four years of Assembly sittings with ample opportunity to introduce new private members business why attempt to present these bills on the last possible day before the Assembly rises and enters caretaker mode at the end of the week. UNQUOTE

I’ll give you the reason in just one word. It starts with E and ends with N and sounds very much like the word “selection”.

Erection?

Wide Boy Jake 4:36 pm 27 Aug 08

QUOTE: What were they thinking?

Given that there has been four years of Assembly sittings with ample opportunity to introduce new private members business why attempt to present these bills on the last possible day before the Assembly rises and enters caretaker mode at the end of the week. UNQUOTE

I’ll give you the reason in just one word. It starts with E and ends with N and sounds very much like the word “selection”.

Spitfire3 4:15 pm 27 Aug 08

Consummate prafeshennels.

Crikey 3:59 pm 27 Aug 08

Jonathon’s comments remind me of the saying “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

He sniffed around the Liberals for endorsement and when he received no support he didn’t seek preselection and now bags the Liberals.

johnboy 3:51 pm 27 Aug 08

The last two sitting days of the assembly is a shambolic time to launch a legislative program.

But about what I’ve come to expect from Zed.

MrMagoo 3:50 pm 27 Aug 08

They’ll use it now as aplay during the run up to the election stating that the Government blocked necessary legislation for the people of Canberra. I note that bill jumped ship yesterday, not a good sign for those in the opposition benches.

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