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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 181..

MR STANHOPE: Do not resile from it now. The shadow treasurer said, "You have got that one right."We heard it from the shadow treasurer today. The Liberal Party, despite its bluster, will not abolish the fire levy. If you are not going to abolish it you should stop whingeing about it. If you are not going to abolish the utilities charge you should stop running your lines condemning it. If you are not going to abolish the water abstraction charge you should stop claiming that you are. If you are going to use the wage price index you should be honest and say it.

You cannot have it both ways. Either you are abolishing this $100 million of recurrent expenditure or you are not. What is it? Own up, fess up and be honest. So there it is today from the interjections of the shadow treasurer. The Liberal Party will collect the fire levy. The Liberal Party will collect the water abstraction charge. The Liberal Party will collect the utilities levy. The Liberal Party will apply the wage price index. It will, will it?

Mr Stefaniak: Still verballing.

MR STANHOPE: The shadow treasurer has gone silent. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 19 October 2006, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition) (12.13): The opposition supports this bill which makes the usual number of minor amendments. I keep wondering whether we will have only one statute law amendment bill each year as

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