The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:16): During the division on the suspension of standing orders on 12 February, the opposition requested that one of their members who had been granted a pair, to be absent from the chamber due to illness, have that pair recorded for that vote.
The government's view was then and remains now that the pairing conventions that have been operating in this house for decades and that have been applied as far as I am aware since I have been here—although the question has rarely arisen—do not apply to votes that require an absolute majority of 24 members any more than they do for quorums. It has been said: