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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2138..


MR HIRD (continuing):

It is easy to see the important role that Terry played in Australian swimming. It is also clear that Australian swimming played a great role in Terry's life and that of his family. In reflecting on the life of Terry Gathercole, the current national team head coach, Don Talbot, was quoted recently in the Canberra Times as saying:

I think that he roughed up the world of swimming more than anybody and did a tremendous job...he's going to be sorely missed for his tenacity and forcefulness behind everything he does.

All of these words are true, Mr Speaker. Terry Gathercole AM will be remembered as a talented, forceful and decent man whose legacy will continue to inspire not only swimmers, coaches and their administrators but also athletes and administrators of other persuasions. Mr Speaker, to paraphrase another great Australian, the poet Henry Lawson:

The night too quickly passes

And we are growing old

So let us fill our glasses

And toast the days of gold.

Terry Gathercole certainly brought gold into the lives of many Australians. He was a great Australian.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Bill 2001

MR RUGENDYKE (10.44): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Rugendyke from presenting the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Bill 2001 which contains amendments that are the same in substance as amendments negatived earlier this year.

I am seeking the suspension of standing orders to present a bill. Without talking about the bill, I think it has been conceded that, during a debate earlier in this house, the provisions I am proposing in the bill dropped out by accident. Those provisions previously survived two votes of acceptance by a majority of members of this chamber and I think that it is important to seek to bring them back.

MR HARGREAVES (10.45): Mr Speaker, I oppose the motion on a couple of grounds. The first one is that I believe that this is a method to have reconsidered a vote of the Assembly which has already been considered in the same calendar year. I understand that the standing orders say, that without the benefit of a suspension of standing orders, we should not consider yet again a matter within the same calendar year. I think this is just an attempt to get around that standing order and I do not agree with it for that reason.

The second thing is that Mr Rugendyke said that something had dropped out by accident. Let me assure Mr Rugendyke that it did not drop out by accident. Let me be absolutely emphatic about that. Very little in this place happens by accident. Indeed, what we talked about at the time was the matter of principle. The principle is that the judiciary has the


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