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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3672..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

The issues around health directions are somewhat vague and, as Mrs Dunne also rightly says, it is the practice under the new legislative style that has been adopted, the clear language style, for points to be reiterated in laws made. I can recall in this Assembly on a number of occasions laws stating what may be obvious to some people having been made in individual acts. In an act that is as unclear in this area of medical treatment as this one, I think it is important to make this point. Whilst I hear what the attorney says, I do think Mrs Dunne has made a valid point and I do recall some other acts where law has been absolutely clarified. I think that, in an area as difficult as this and as important as this, it certainly does not hurt to make the law crystal clear.

Question put:

That Mr Stefaniak's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 10

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2006

Debate resumed from 19 October 2006, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.40): Mr Speaker, I am delighted to take this opportunity to speak on the Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2006. I support the bill and I recognise the government's need for more time to deal with issues regarding work experience and standing orders for the youth detention centre. I appreciate that work experience is being dealt with through the rewrite of the Children and Young People Act and will be presented shortly. I am concerned, however, about the long time being taken to deal with standing orders for Quamby. I understand that the government intends to make 11 of the new standing orders publicly available in January and the remaining two shortly after that.

I appreciate that all standing orders will be disallowable instruments. In the past the Greens have been concerned that quite a few were confidential for security purposes, and, even though members of the Assembly were required to consent to these standing orders,


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