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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4130..


MR MULCAHY: Okay. Finally, Mr Speaker, I would say that I hope, sir, that in future the long-held practice in this place of not permitting members to canvass matters before the courts could be equally applied to Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: Table the report.

MR SPEAKER: The statement has concluded. When I agree to allow members to make statements under standing order 46, I expect members to be rigorous in the personal nature of their statements and not to attack other members.

Mr Mulcahy: Mr Speaker, I am simply responding to an exact quote and explaining that it was a misrepresentation of the situation—

MR SPEAKER: It is over with now. It is over with as far as I am concerned.

Mr Stanhope: I would be happy to give leave for Mr Mulcahy to table the report, Mr Speaker.

Mr Mulcahy: Mr Speaker, as I have indicated, it is a matter before the courts and you have previously prevented the opposition pursuing those matters.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Would you be seated, please, Mr Mulcahy.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (10.33): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs performing the duties of a scrutiny of bills and subordinate legislation committee.

With respect to the Utilities (Network Facilities Tax) Bill 2006, the committee offers the comment that there is no justification in the explanatory statement for the creation of offences containing elements of strict liability. Justification is more particularly called for given that the maximum penalty for these offences is 250 penalty points. The committee considers that, in general, the penalty for a strict liability offence should not exceed 50 penalty points.

Rates Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2)

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE: (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (10.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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