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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 348..

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, the member is ignoring your ruling. I submit that you should deal with him accordingly.

MR SPEAKER: He is indeed.

MR BERRY: I have not, and that ought to be made very clear.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Sit down.

MR BERRY: I have never adopted - - -

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Berry. You have explained.

MR BERRY: I have never adopted a position which is similar to this Government. I would not.

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Berry.


MR SPEAKER: I present, for the information of members, three reports of a trip undertaken by Mr Hird, Mr Kaine and me to Hobart from 23 to 25 February 1996.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.59): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the report of the heroin pilot task force, and I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I apologise to some members of this Assembly who were under the impression that we were not going to table this paper today. That certainly was the case earlier today. The reason why there was every indication that we could not table the report today is that members of the picket lines were unwilling to allow the report through. It seems, though, that somehow - I do not for a moment know how - some copies of this report managed to end up under people's jumpers and other things, I assume. Somehow they have managed to make it into the Assembly today, so the business of the Assembly can proceed.

On 11 January 1996, Mr Kevin Waller, AM, chair of the heroin pilot task force, presented me with its report. In July last year I commissioned the task force to consult widely with the ACT community. The report represents the culmination of a comprehensive community consultation process which taxed the skills and tenacity of members of the task force. I would like to thank the chair and the members of the task force for the incredible work and effort they put into the consultation and this report.

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