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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2832..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

Commonwealth, so we are heading off the blocks a bit before other people. Obviously, in terms of any code, it takes a long time even to get to this stage. In terms of further model criminal codes, I think it is an excellent idea to have common law, common codes, right across the country. It is hard to do it, so that will certainly take time. I think this is a good first step. The government is committed to advancing that. I hope that the opposition or the government after October will continue the process.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Protection Orders Bill 2001

[Cognate bill:

Protection Orders (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2001]

Debate resumed from 15 June 2001, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No 7, Protection Orders (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2001? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No 6 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No 7.

MS TUCKER (2.50 am): I move:

That the debate be now adjourned and the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the third sitting day following the presentation to the Assembly of a report by the Attorney-General on consultation he has undertaken on the bill with stakeholders in the domestic violence sector including (a) the Domestic Violence Prevention Council; (b) the Domestic Violence Crisis Service; and (c) the Women's Legal Centre regarding (i) possible impacts of the legislation on victims of domestic violence, (ii) the bill's consistency with model domestic violence laws and (iii) any proposals in relation to the legislation.

Mr Stefaniak: I take a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I think that motion is highly out of order. We are simply adjourning the debate.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member may move the adjournment.

Mr Stefaniak: She can move the adjournment but I think the additional stuff she is putting on there is highly irregular and highly out of order. It is an absolute nonsense. I would simply just seek to adjourn the debate. Obviously the reason we are doing it is


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