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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2559..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

the day. Perhaps assemblies-opposition and crossbenchers-should be more insistent that bills are not passed until regulations are available, so that we know the full package.

The government has achieved it: I think it was in the construction industry bills that Mr Corbell brought on, which were quite complex and had quite large regulations attached to them. When we debated those bills, we knew the entire package. Given the size of some of the bills and the importance of some of the bills we have talked about this week, and will talk about next week and in August, I think it is appropriate that the opposition and the crossbench have time to scrutinise them.

That being said, I understand that the Assembly is not with this but, again, our job is to scrutinise what you do. I will ask that you extend to the Assembly the courtesy of tabling as many of your regulations as you can before the 16th, so that members can scrutinise them, look at what you are doing and, if it is necessary, take the opportunity to move a disallowance. That is a courtesy that it would be nice to extend to the Assembly. I understand that the motion is going down but I thank members for the debate. It has been very interesting and very instructive.

Question resolved in the negative.

Planning and Land Authority

MRS DUNNE (8.11): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion the same as the one that was on the notice paper but which fell off accidentally earlier in the day.

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker: is a suspension of standing orders required?

MR SPEAKER: No, if Mrs Dunne has leave, suspension of standing orders will not be required, but if she does not have leave, that is another matter.

Mr Hargreaves: Well, let's hear the begging.

Ms Dundas: Has she been a good girl?

Mr Hargreaves: Has she been honest?

MR SPEAKER: Just resume your seat for a moment, Mrs Dunne. What happened earlier on-

Mr Smyth: Sorry, point of order: Mr Hargreaves said, "Is she being honest?"and I think he should withdraw that.

Mr Hargreaves: I said, "Has she been honest?"

Mr Smyth: He should withdraw that comment also.

MR SPEAKER: There is an imputation there. Just withdraw it.

Mr Hargreaves: I withdraw, Mr Speaker, if I asked if she was being dishonest.


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