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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (31 May) . . Page.. 1333..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

not forgotten and I would like that information. I know it is sitting on somebody's desk and it would be really nice to have it back.

So Andrew Scissorhands just went cut, cut, cut in the ministry of cuts. At the same time his colleagues have cut the number of shopfronts, they have cut libraries, they have cut funding for business support programs and they have even cut maintenance for the community walking tracks. The walking track up Mount Taylor is not being funded.

MR SPEAKER: The time for this discussion has expired.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Corrections Management Bill 2006

Debate resumed from 14 December 2006, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (4.55): I would like to point out that this was not due to come on until another five matters had been dealt with.

Ms Porter: Surely you have prepared yourself, though.

MR SESELJA: Sorry?

Mr Corbell: It has been on the notice paper since December, I think.

MR SESELJA: Thank you very much for that, but this was not due to come on until later and my notes are not here. I am waiting for them to come down, but I will speak briefly without notes on the Corrections Management Bill.

Mr Corbell: Poor Zed. It has only been on the table since December.

MR SESELJA: Simon Corbell is heckling from the sidelines as usual, but he really does not have much to say. I do not understand why common courtesy was not applied here—simply a "Yes, we will be calling it on; we will be skipping the other things"—so that we could have prepared for this. That is basic courtesy, which we rarely, if ever, see from Mr Corbell.

The opposition will be supporting the Corrections Management Bill as we believe it provides a reasonable framework in which to manage corrections in the territory. It is quite a detailed bill and it is clear that there is sufficient scope for the relevant officers to deal with corrections management in the territory. The bill sets up a framework and broadly talks about the principles of corrections management.

We could debate the emphasis or other issues around that, but I am satisfied that this legislation sets up a framework that deals with our concerns about how corrections are


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