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     6   Suspension of standing orders 31 and 33

Mr Porter (Leader of the House), pursuant to notice, moved—That in relation to the presentation of, and reply by the Leader of the Opposition to, the 2020-2021 Budget that:

(1)        standing order 31 (automatic adjournment of the House) and standing order 33 (limit on business) be suspended for the sitting on Tuesday, 6 October 2020; and

(2)        standing order 31 (automatic adjournment of the House) be suspended for the sitting on Thursday, 8 October 2020 and at that sitting, after the Leader of the Opposition completes his reply to the Budget speech, the House automatically stand adjourned until 10 am on Monday, 19 October 2020, unless the Speaker or, in the event of the Speaker being unavailable, the Deputy Speaker, fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting.

Mr Burke moved, as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting  the following words:

“in relation to the Budget sittings of the House from Tuesday, 6 October 2020 to Thursday, 8 October 2020 that:

(1)    standing order 31 (automatic adjournment of the House) and standing order 33 (limit on business) be suspended for the sitting on Tuesday, 6 October 2020;

(2)    standing order 47(c) (motion for suspension of standing orders without notice must be relevant to any business under discussion and seconded and can be carried only by an absolute majority of Members, or by a majority of Members present if agreed by the Leader of the House and the Manager of Opposition Business) be suspended for the sittings from Tuesday, 6 October 2020 to Thursday, 8 October 2020 in relation to any motion for the suspension of standing or other orders without notice relating to the passage of the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Fair Representation of the Northern Territory) Bill 2020; and

(3)    standing order 31 (automatic adjournment of the House) be suspended for the sitting on Thursday, 8 October 2020 and at that sitting, after the Leader of the Opposition completes his reply to the Budget speech, the House automatically stand adjourned until 10 am on Monday, 19 October 2020, unless the Speaker or, in the event of the Speaker being unavailable, the Deputy Speaker, fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.