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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2799..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Minister, might I suggest this is gibberish. It is not fair to members unless they can have the amendment in front of them. Might I suggest that we wait. Minister, which clause are we amending?

MR STEFANIAK: We are amending 349T (1) (a) by adding those words. That makes it consistent with the amendments.

MR SPEAKER: Are you amending clause 18?

MR STEFANIAK: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: Would you like to speak to it, Minister?

MR STEFANIAK: No, I have already done that.

Amendment agreed to.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that clause 18, as amended, be agreed to. We have amended only clause 18. We have not amended clause 19.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (12.19 am): In order for the Assembly to be consistent in its application in relation to 349T, it needs to oppose clause 18 and it needs then to agree to the Attorney's amendment. But we have just added that to the existing clause. I do not know how it is done, Mr Speaker. We need to oppose clause 18 and we need then to agree to the amendment.

MR SPEAKER: To follow Mr Stanhope's suggestion, I will put the question that clause 18, as amended, be agreed to, and it will be defeated, if we are to follow Mr Stanhope's suggestion. There being no objection, I will follow that course.

Clause 18, as amended, negatived.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to suspend for 10 minutes? There being no objection, the chair will be resumed in 10 minutes.

Sitting suspended from 12.25 to 12.35 am

Proposed new clause 18A.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (12.35 am): I move an amendment to insert a new clause 18A in the bill [see schedule 5, part 3, at page 2880].

Proposed new clause 18A agreed to.

Question put:

That clause 19 be agreed to.


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