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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 2 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 373..

MR BERRY (continuing):

Small businesses are in trouble because of two Liberal governments. They have already worked out that, the more Liberal governments you have in the ACT, the worse it is for small business.

MR SPEAKER: Relevance in relation to the picnic day, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: Just have a look at the facts, Mr Speaker. It is not appropriate to attack workers' wages and conditions, such as the picnic day, when you have these circumstances in place. You cannot blame the fact that there is a picnic day in place for the recession that has been created by Kate Carnell and John Howard.

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I have not heard any member of the Government attack the workers, or say anything about attacking their wages or conditions. Mr Berry is getting a bit ahead of the debate. If anybody is alluding to such things, it is him. I think he needs to get his facts straight, as he was suggesting I do.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order.

MR BERRY: If Mr Kaine is not going to attack the working conditions and wages of workers, I would urge him to vote with me when the Bill comes up for a vote next Thursday.

Debate (on motion by Mr Kaine) adjourned.


Debate resumed from 27 June 1996, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned.


Debate resumed from 18 February 1997, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (11.53): Mr Speaker, the Opposition expresses cautious support for this Bill. When this legislation was first tabled, the Opposition expressed some serious concerns about issues which we felt were not addressed in the proposed legislation. In particular, these were in relation to inspections, the use of framed hives, in particular that there was no requirement for framed hives, the issuing of certificates stating that hives were clear of disease, and the identification and treatment of diseases. I note that these were concerns that were also raised by the local Beekeepers Association at the time.

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