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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1535..

MR WHITECROSS (continuing):

I was hoping that the Chief Minister might be able to enlighten me. Clause 22 of the Bill refers on a number of occasions to subsection 9(1) of the Act. As far as I could tell from the briefing - and it was confirmed to me by officials - those references should all be references to subsection 10(1). I understood that a Government amendment was going to be forthcoming to fix that.

Mr Speaker, I apologise to the Treasurer for not raising this earlier, but it was not until I was going through my amendments during the debate that I noticed that my amendments referred to subsection 10(1) but did not cover all the occasions on which subsection 9(1) is referred to in the Bill. I thought I should bring that to the attention of the Government at this stage, because it would appear, on the face of it, that this might render the legislation inoperative. Notwithstanding Mrs Carnell's comments, I would like to make sure that the revenue is protected and that the legislation can come into effect as intended.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (5.15): It has not been brought to my attention before that there is a numbering error in the legislation. It can be fixed by a Clerk's amendment, I understand.

Remainder of Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of today, 15 May 1997, I have been notified in writing of the nominations of Mr Berry, Mr Hird and Ms Tucker to be members of the Select Committee on the Establishment of a New Private Hospital. Although these nominations were received after 4.00 pm, I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly that I accept them.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (5.16): Mr Speaker, I move:

That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on the Establishment of a New Private Hospital.

I am sure the delay was a reflection of everyone's feelings of enthusiasm about the select committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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