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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4063..


Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2002

Detail Stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 6 June 2002.

MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services) (10.44): Pursuant to standing order 152, I move:

That order of the day No 1, executive business, relating to the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2002 be discharged from the Notice Paper.

The Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill is dead and buried. However, on the third day, Thursday, a new bill will arrive with, I might say, provisions for eternal rest.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Criminal Code 2002

Debate resumed from 21 November 2002, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (10.45): The opposition will be supporting this bill. We have two small amendments which I will circulate shortly, and I will deal with them at the detail stage. This bill enacts chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the model national criminal code. I think it is probably worth commenting-and I will do so shortly-on just where we are at with the criminal code.

Might I also just say that the scrutiny of bills committee made a number of comments in regard to the legislation now before us and we will be writing further to the Chief Minister about his response to those comments. The committee was basically concerned about what amounted to a bit of a dummy spit by the Chief Minister. We were somewhat surprised by his comments, which also seem to have gotten into the Saturday Canberra Times. The committee takes its role very seriously and we are preparing a very detailed letter pointing that out to him. I must express some concern at the tone of his response and I don't want to see that repeated.

I speak for myself as a former Attorney and also for my colleague Mr Humphries, who was an Attorney for many years, when I say that we quite often didn't agree with comments made in scrutiny reports. That is fine. On occasions I, and I think Mr Humphries, pointed out, in much politer terms than the Chief Minister did in relation to this legislation, our opinions and what we felt about particular comments made in scrutiny reports. That is fine; that is natural.

Our committee does not expect everyone to agree with what it says. To assist debate, it merely points things out as best it can in accordance with its terms of reference. But certainly issues will arise with which we disagree and where governments will not agree


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