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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1010..


MR BARR (continuing):

housing providers. I welcome the work my colleague John Hargreaves has undertaken in this area and look forward to it continuing.

The Stanhope Labor government is a good government and as part of it I aim to continue its record of leadership, strong economic management, support for the vulnerable in our society, and open and transparent government.

In closing, I would not be here today if it were not for the support and encouragement of a large number of people. There are too many to thank individually but I would particularly like to acknowledge my partner, Anthony; my parents, Susan and James, and my brother Iain; John Hargreaves and Annette Ellis; David Tansey and Michael Cooney; my 2004 campaign team led by Bernard Philbrick; staff in my new ministerial office, John Hannoush, Liz Lopa, Ryan Hamilton and Matt Lawrence; the members and affiliates of the Australian Labor Party, particularly Matthew Cossey, ACT Branch secretary; my sub-branch—the Mount Ainslie branch; ACT Young Labor and the centre coalition; and finally you, my Assembly colleagues. At times this job has felt like starting at a new school but I have been very lucky to have had friends in the playground. Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 24

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 24, dated 1 May 2006, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 24 contains the committee's comments on five bills, 18 pieces of subordinate legislation and five government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Leave of absence

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (10.59): I move:

That leave of absence be given to Mr Mulcahy for the sitting period 2 to 4 May 2006.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Corbell , by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.


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