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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1675..


MR STEFANIAK: I am advised that there is nothing funny in this. To reassure Ms Tucker, I think one piece of legislation I am introducing on Thursday is again a consolidated act. There was one tiny point there. It is probably completely non-contentious, but just in case it is we are going to specifically draw it to members' attention because we are not absolutely certain in these big consolidated acts. Certainly, the intent is that it is non-contentious stuff. It's just there to improve the situation.

As I said, there are no policy questions or anything like that and it was prepared by the drafters. I think it is important that things like that are able to be taken on trust. Certainly, that is the case with this bill. I specifically mention a similar but smaller consolidation where there is one area. Just to be absolutely certain we will highlight that so that people can go to it. If there are any problems, let us know, because I think it is important when you have a bill like this that people can take it on trust. I thank members for their comments and I again commend the legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2001

[Cognate bills:

Electoral Amendment Bill 2001 (No 2)

Electoral (Entrenched Provisions) Amendment Bill 2001]

Debate resumed from 29 March 2001, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with the Electoral Amendment Bill 2001 (No 2) and the Electoral (Entrenched Provisions) Amendment Bill 2001? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that, in debating order of the day No 2, they may also address their remarks to orders of the day Nos 3 and 4.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (5.19): Mr Speaker, the Labor Party will be supporting the Electoral (Entrenched Provisions) Amendment Bill 2001 and the Electoral Amendment Bill 2001 (No 2). The intention of these two bills is to remove the so-called glitch in Robson rotation that results from party linear voting when electors vote straight down a party column. It is generally accepted that Robson rotation is effective in sharing the linear vote evenly between candidates within a party column when first preferences are being distributed, but it is not as effective in distributing the


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