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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1172..


MR BARR: That is a debate for another day. I note that it has got the response I was expecting it would get from those opposite.

Mr Hanson: It is a ridiculous comment.

MR BARR: It is a ridiculous comment? I think it has hit on a raw nerve, Madam Deputy Speaker. But I am sure that we can continue this debate at another time. I simply note that we should be more concerned with the quality of legislation that we pass in this place rather than the quantity.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 26 February 2009, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.14): I am happy to speak on this matter. The Liberal opposition will be supporting this bill. I understand that Mr Smyth has commissioned some amendments to deal with some of the comments raised by the scrutiny of bills committee.

The first home owners grant scheme is essentially a piece of legislation which has been brought about by the changes by the Rudd government to the first home owners grant through their temporary boost, which runs out, I think, on 30 June this year. Simply because it is a straightforward piece of legislation and a piece of legislation that brings about amendments which have strong community support, not just in the ACT but across the nation, we will be happy to support the bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned.

Roads—speed limits

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (11.16): I seek leave to move a motion concerning speed limits around shops and community facilities.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (11.16): I move:


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