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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 3129..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

This is consequential on the first amendment having been successful; it changes the definition further in the bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Remainder of bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2006

Debate resumed from 4 May 2006, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition) (11.49): The opposition will support this bill. It is a continuation of the technical amendments program started by the previous government. Consistent with the criteria for that program, the amendments are minor, technical and non-controversial. Therefore, of course, we will not be amending the bill. The bill will help to tidy up the ACT statute book, keep it up to date and also make it more coherent and consistent.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.50 am to 2.30 pm.

Visitors

MR SPEAKER: I welcome participants from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vanuatu and East Timor in the political party development course at the ANU Centre for Democratic Institutions.

Questions without notice

Bushfires—front-line vehicles

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the minister for emergency services, Mr Corbell. Minister, you made a bold prediction on 7 October that the ACT was "light years ahead"of 2003 in terms of its preparedness and resources. On Friday, 13 October we had extreme weather conditions and that led to the declaration of a total fire ban. However, two-thirds of the volunteer bushfire trucks in the northern ACT, namely Molonglo 10, Molonglo 11 and Gungahlin 10, were unserviceable. Some of these vehicles had been waiting for repair for some time. Minister, why were two-thirds of the volunteer bushfire trucks in the northern ACT not available for duty last Friday when the ACT was


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