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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4213..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

I look forward to the broadcasting of debates and hope that we are able to expedite the commencement of this legislation. One thing I will promise is that, as the debates are broadcast, I will continue to put my case in succinct speech and not be tempted to make longer speeches for the benefit of the listening audience.

MR BERRY (11.09), in reply: I thank members for their fulsome support for this important piece of legislation. The payment for the supply and use of transmission lines to get access to broadcasting the Assembly was one of the difficulties that I mentioned in the introduction speech. The Assembly was unable to provide a line for access to recording and transmission services.

As it now stands the legislation provides for the Clerk to give access, but one of its conditions was that the person who was going to have access to electronic proceedings had to pay the costs and expenses of connecting and maintaining the access equipment to the recording and transmission facilities of the Legislative Assembly. I did not sense that there was a long line-up of people eager to make large contributions to the Assembly on this score, so I felt it was necessary to alter the legislation.

Enough said. I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Legislative Assembly Precincts Amendment Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 20 November 2002, on motion by Mr Berry:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women) (11.11): This is an eminently sensible piece of legislation. The primary function of the bill is to allow the Speaker to delegate a function to the Serjeant-at-Arms and the principal attendant to remove people from the Assembly and the precinct.

That is a very wise power to delegate but I do keep my eye, though, on the Serjeant-at-Arms and all the attendants in the Assembly. I attend the Kaleen Gym regularly and, having seen this power delegated, there might be cause for the Clerk to look at the fitness and capacity of the Serjeant-at-Arms, the principal attendant and other attendants to fulfil this delegated function. It is an issue that arises as a result of the passage of this legislation.


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