16 August 2005

Liberals to shut Assembly down to pursue stunt

| johnboy
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The Liberals have put out a media release on their planned censure stunt for tomorrow. (Will we notice the resulting week long shut down of the Assembly? Will anyone cry?)

ABC Online have the story here.

I guess the real question is how long until the majority government gets stuck into the standing orders to stop Brendan obstructing them with his new-found bushfire machismo.

It’s worth remembering that Mr. Stanhope was never shy about shutting the Assembly down with censure motions when he was in the wilderness.

But at least his had some chance of success.

UPDATED: I’ll concede I may have mistaken censure for a no-confidence motion. The standing orders have the following to say on confidence (and nothing at all on censure):

Precedence to want of confidence motion

81. A motion of no confidence in the Chief Minister, of which at least one week’s notice
has been given, shall, until it is disposed of, take precedence of all other business. Such motion
must be carried by an absolute majority of the Members.∗

Nothing at all is said of censure, about which you can draw your own conclusions.

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Samuel Gordon-Stewart9:21 am 17 Aug 05

Oh well, at least the comrade gets to see how annoying it is when you are on the recieving end of such motions. And I don’t have to hear any of his bright ideas for a week 🙂

I think you’ll find there is nothing said about “censure” in pretty well any local or state government standing orders. Because any such motion has no actual effect. It’s the vote of the people that removes a member that is the only censure that exists. A no confidence vote against a minister or standing committee chair may convince a government to demote them, but that’s far as the power of the government of the whole goes. Excepting criminal acts, the people you vote in are the people you are stuck with for the full term.

Junkies. Anything more we would like to waste much needed public funds on is there?

although I vote ‘not confident’ at the moment 🙂

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