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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 2089..


Clause 66 negatived.

Clauses 67 and 68, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Proposed new clause 69 and schedule 1.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (12.39 am): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 13 circulated in my name on the white sheet, which inserts new clause 69 and schedule 1 [see schedule 4 at page 2125].

Amendment agreed to.

Title.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (12.40 am): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name on the white sheet [see schedule 4 at page 2125].

Amendment agreed to.

Title, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 20 August 2003, on motion by Ms Tucker:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS TUCKER (12.43 am), in reply: I might just remind people what we are voting on. These amendments are to update the commencement dates. They ensure that the new and tighter disclosure rules apply to the next financial year and not to the current-

MR SPEAKER: Ms Tucker, are you speaking to the amendments now? We are not really into the detail stage yet.

MS TUCKER: Okay, I will not speak at this point then.

MR SPEAKER: You can close the in-principle debate on the bill if you wish.

MS TUCKER: Well, I thought that was what I was doing. Basically, this is giving us all here another chance to close a loophole in the rules for political donations. My bill would stop the current farce where a party or a member can avoid listing their major donors on their annual returns simply by having them donate in amounts of less than $1,500.

Last year an Electoral Commission audit uncovered donors to both Labor and Liberal parties who had multiple donations of $1,499. These donations were just under the


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