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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Hansard Week 4 (9 April) . . Page.. 1214..


MR BARR (continuing):

It is clear that the only skills shortage we see in this chamber is on that side. This remedy and the help that is needed by the Leader of the Opposition are clear. His public call today for that help is recognition of the skills deficit that lies on the opposition benches.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Travel report—Non-Executive Members—Sixth Assembly, up to and including 31 March 2008.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Fraser—Block 6, Section 39—Objection to development application 200705930—Ms Porter (38 signatures).

Personal explanation

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services): I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: On 1 April 2008, when moving a government amendment to the Crimes Amendment Bill 2008, I referred to the effect of that amendment on the Children and Young People Bill 2008 as removing the ability of the Magistrates Court to impose a period of imprisonment if someone was effectively in default of paying

a fine. I need to clarify the record. I should have referred to the Children and Young People Bill 2008 as removing the provisions in the Children and Young People Act 1999 that provide for the imprisonment of young persons in default of paying a fine. I just want to correct the record.

Older Canberrans

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Mr Gentleman be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of developing comprehensive policies for older Canberrans.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (3.45): I speak to the Assembly today, during Seniors Week, on the importance of developing comprehensive policies for older


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