On considering Amendment No 2 [Scriven–1]— to the Disability Inclusion Bill 2018:
The committee divided on the new clause:
|Bourke, E.S.||Franks, T.A.||Hanson, J.E.|
|Hunter, I.K.||Maher, K.J.||Ngo, T.T.|
|Parnell, M.C.||Pnevmatikos, I.||Scriven, C.M. (teller)|
|Darley, J.A.||Dawkins, J.S.L.||Hood, D.G.E.|
|Lee, J.S.||Lensink, J.M.A. (teller)||Lucas, R.I.|
|Pangallo, F.||Ridgway, D.W.||Stephens, T.J.|
The CHAIR: There are 10 ayes and there are 10 noes, so in accordance with convention I cast to the noes.
New clause thus negatived.
The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Point of order: on which convention did you just base your vote, Mr Chair?
The CHAIR: I took advice from the Clerk that, by tradition, and therefore by convention, the Chair of the Committee or President casts for the noes in the case of a tied vote and does not seek to make the majority. That is my understanding; I did take advice from the Clerk, to assure the Hon. Ms Franks.
The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Second point of order for clarification, Mr Chair: is that based on a presumption that the Chair will then always cast their vote with the noes? Or will the Chair cast their vote with the status quo?
The CHAIR: Effectively with the status quo, and given that this was the introduction of a new amendment, a new clause, that is why I acted in that way. Thank you, the Hon. Ms Franks, for allowing me to clarify.
Clauses 13 to 15 passed.See full session on Hansard