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Tied Vote

On considering Amendment No 2 [Scriven–1]— to the Disability Inclusion Bill 2018:

The committee divided on the new clause:

Ayes 10

Noes 10

Majority 0

AYES

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)
Wortley, R.P.

NOES

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.
Wade, S.G.

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.

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