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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 470..

Clause 39, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 40 to 43, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 44.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (12.29): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 12 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 523].

Amendment No 12 makes it clear that clause 44-"An instrument may authorise determination of a matter ..."-applies to a state of mind; for example, the forming of an opinion or being satisfied. In a statutory instrument it is frequently necessary to make provision requiring someone to form an opinion or be satisfied about something. For example, the statutory instrument may provide for courses or qualifications to be approved by an official if the official is satisfied that they actually meet a specified standard; hence the need for this.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 44, as amended, agreed to.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Manuka-car parking

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Yesterday, in a flurry of frenzy, the Chief Minister and his deputy denied there was any agreement between the government and Manuka Plaza developer, Barry Morris, to restrict street parking in Manuka. On television last night the Chief Minister denied there was any agreement. Video tapes of the news reveal the following statements by the Chief Minister: on Win news the Chief Minister said:

No, no-no, we didn't make an agreement.

On Prime news the Chief Minister said:

No, no-no, we didn't make an agreement.

On Capital news the Chief Minister said:

No, no-no, we didn't make an agreement.

On each news broadcast viewers saw footage of a file note of May 1997. The file note, signed by your predecessor's and now your chief of staff, showed you attended the meeting and recorded the very agreement you deny existed.

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