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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 810..


Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Mr Speaker, I would have risen on this matter earlier, only I wanted to check that my hearing had been correct. Mr Humphries interjected or made a remark, when I was taking a previous point of order, that I appeared to be rushing to get to a beautician's appointment. I believe that that is an extremely sexist remark that is unworthy of this chamber and it ought to be withdrawn and/or an apology issued.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, if Ms Follett is sensitive about this subject - and I think she is a little oversensitive, with respect - I withdraw and apologise.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the March 1996 report on the implementation of the ACT Legislative Assembly resolution on French products.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (3.17): Mr Speaker, I present the Remand Centres (Amendment) Bill 1996, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.


That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this is a very short Bill which aims to clarify the meaning of one clause inserted into the Remand Centres Act 1976 by the Remand Centres (Amendment) Act of 1995. The Remand Centres (Amendment) Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly last October. Its purpose was to enable some additional categories of convicted prisoners to be held in the Belconnen Remand Centre. This was a practical measure, mainly designed to cope with short delays in transferring convicted prisoners to New South Wales gaols and to enable prisoners who are transferred back to the ACT for further court proceedings to be held in the Belconnen Remand Centre instead of in police cells.

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