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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (30 July) . . Page.. 3077..


The Assembly voted-

Ayes 2

Noes 11

Ms Dundas

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Ms Tucker

Mr Cornwell

Mr Pratt

Mrs Cross

Mr Quinlan

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Water and Sewerage Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 13 May 2004, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Water and sewerage legislation

Statements by members

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: The reason that this bill has been adjourned today is because of the complete embarrassment of the government. It came out earlier in the week and said, "We cannot possibly support a water efficiency measure." We agreed that it would be brought on and debated, and the Liberal opposition listed it on the understanding that it would be debated. The government has, presumably since then, suffered some inconvenience and embarrassment when it realised what it had done. It has spent a lot of time in the last two or three days spreading indecision in the ranks and causing division in the ranks so they could undermine this very simple and straightforward piece of legislation. It is a shame that the second act in this place of the acting planning minister was to undermine his own government's policy on water efficiency.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning): I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: I am sorry to disappoint the opposition but I am not embarrassed. Let me say that the bill presented today is in very poor shape. The bill that may ultimately be passed-should it be passed-will be very different.

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