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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 1104..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

At the end of the day, that is the position the government has taken. We look at what we believe is reasonable. We look at what we believe is balanced. We look at what we believe is equitable in relation to the potential for costs and costs awards. The government has come to a conclusion that it is reasonable to expand the range to include reasonable legal costs. We believe that it is going too far then to impose additionally the potential holding costs being applied. It is for that reason the government will not support the amendment.

In saying we will not support it, I understand fully the basis of the argument which Mrs Dunne makes on behalf of the opposition. It is just that on a question of balance we believe it goes too far. That does not mean I do not understand the legitimacy of the argument or the position that is being put, but the government will not support it.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 8

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Hargreaves) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Corbell (Attorney-General) for this sitting on the grounds of family business.

Legislative Assembly—omnibus bills

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.56), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

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