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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2622..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

and sellers of properties. The opposition will be supporting the amendments with those provisos.

As I say, I look forward with interest to hopefully seeing that this change is okay. I would strongly urge you in future when you are doing things like this not to drop the ball, keep the momentum going and do not assume things-do not assume that everyone will think it is going to be all right, because invariably that does not happen. I will not speak any further on any of these amendments. The comments that I have just made on this first amendment apply to all of the other amendments.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (11.41): I thank Mr Stefaniak for his support. Given that that support is going to continue throughout the progress of this bill, I am not going to get into a slanging match.

I missed the jump in replying earlier so, with a little tolerance, I will make one comment about the consolidation bill that we have before us. Mr Stefaniak mentioned earlier that it would be better to have specific pieces of legislation. Once or twice a year we have a consolidated bill of this nature rather than introducing a dozen or so specific items of legislation. There is a reasonably long history of doing things this way and I think this is the agreed way to do it.

I note the point made by Mr Stefaniak about the history of this amendment. Bearing in mind the way in which consideration of this bill is going to proceed, I will not debate what Mr Stefaniak said.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Proposed new clauses 3A, 3B and 3C.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (11.42): On behalf of Mr Stanhope, I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name, which inserts new clauses 3A, 3B and 3C [see schedule 1 at page 2747].

This amendment inserts new clauses which alter the licensing arrangements for a travel agent under the Agents Act 2003 to exempt a director of a travel agency already holding a corporate licence from the additional eligibility requirement of contributing to the travel compensation fund twice. This will avoid the doubling up of insurance payments by directors who already hold a corporate licence and who have already paid their travel compensation fund contribution.

MS TUCKER (11.43): We will be supporting this amendment. I want to support Mr Stefaniak's comments. I, too, am very unhappy about the amount of time we have been given to look at the amendments. We support the bill in principle, we had a


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