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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (16 September) . . Page.. 4098..


MS LE COUTEUR (continuing):

organisations like Woolworths and that great moral leader McDonald's. It is something which should have been finally done in 1997. Now, 12 years later, we have a chance again to make it law.

I will also say, as I have said to both the Liberal and Labor parties in the past, that if this legislation goes down, the Greens will reintroduce this legislation in four years time. This is a real, substantive problem which I hope will be going away as a result of today's vote. But, if it is not, in four years time we can do it all again.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Detail stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

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) (5.03): I move:

That consideration of clause 2 be postponed until after consideration of clause 14.

I believe the debate on the commencement provisions should be postponed until the Assembly settles the substantive clauses of the bill. The government has indicated that it will oppose some clauses of the bill, will support others and will also seek to amend some. This may result in changes being required to the commencement clause, depending on how the Assembly votes on the bill clause by clause, and I think it is reasonable and practical that we postpone consideration of this clause until later.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (5.04): I have an amendment to clause 2, which I think it would make sense to deal with now given that the government says it wishes to have a ban eventually, to make "eventually"a little bit more eventual by changing the commencement date from 2011 to 2015.


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