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Providing an Instruction to the Committee of the Whole

The Hon. C. BONAROS (11:23): I move contingent notice of motion No. 2 standing in my name:

That it be an instruction of the committee of the whole on the bill that it have power to consider additional amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 relating to the donor conception register.

The PRESIDENT: For the benefit of honourable members, the motion has been moved in accordance with standing order 422. As I understand it, and with some guidance from the Clerk, the clause that the Hon. Ms Bonaros is seeking for the committee of the whole to consider is related to the bill that is currently before the council but not in the order of reference of the bill; therefore, an instruction is required to give authority to the committee to consider this provision.

I think the provision seeks to amend the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act and, whilst that is in the title, this clause, as I said, goes beyond the order of reference of the original bill. Members are entitled to speak on the motion. In other words, we can have a debate on this motion. As President, it would assist me if members could indicate their view, but it is not obligatory.

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The PRESIDENT: Before we go on, can I help frame the debate. That is the government’s position in relation to the amendment, which will be relevant to the debate itself in committee if this motion passes. I am not commenting on what the minister has said but, for the clarity of the chamber, we are voting on whether we consider this amendment in committee.

If you want it to be considered you would vote in the affirmative, and if you do not want it to be considered you would vote in the negative. I do not want to have a complete debate here about the amendment, although the considerations of the amendment are relevant to your decision. I am not sure I have made that any clearer, but I am doing my best to crystallise it. Minister, is the government’s position not to support the motion?

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: That is correct.

The PRESIDENT: Thank you. The Hon. Mr Dawkins, you were seeking the call?

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (11:30): Thank you for your advice, Mr President. If this motion proceeds, then I will make some comments at the relevant stage of the committee.

The PRESIDENT: Members will have an opportunity to debate the clause in detail if this motion passes.

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (11:31): I indicate that I intend to support the Hon. Ms Bonaros’s amendment.

The Hon. I. PNEVMATIKOS (11:31): I intend to support Ms Bonaros’s amendment.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (11:31): For the clarity of the council, although there is some difficulty ascertaining numbers when we have a conscience vote—

The PRESIDENT: That is the burden the President will take.

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