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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5876..


Mr Hanson: You are not misleading again, are you, Simon?

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Stop the clock. Mr Hanson, I would ask you to withdraw that statement of yours, your question that the minister was misleading again. I suggest that you withdraw that, please.

Mr Hanson: I asked the question. "Are you misleading again?"was the question.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, that is an imputation against the member and that is my ruling. I ask you to withdraw it. If you do not wish to, there are other actions.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. Of course, they can give but they cannot receive.

Mr Hanson: Let us do the motion I wanted to do earlier then, Simon.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I am not in the mood for this. Minister, please—

Mr Hanson: Let us do the motion I wanted to do earlier.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are warned. Minister, please do not bait them and do not put me in an invidious position.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. I will not do so but I will simply make the observation that of course they are quite happy to ladle invective upon me and my character during this debate but they are unwilling to receive some in return.

This bill is an important bill. It provides again for the government to improve the operations of the statute book, and support for this bill is support for good governance, national harmonisation and better-quality legislation. The bill does not introduce new policy. Instead, the bill improves the existing and ongoing operations of the government. It also helps the territory to keep pace with national reform projects, particularly in relation to the security industry.

We have heard the criticism, in terms of the timing and debate on this bill, that there has been insufficient time for consultation. What that fails to accept is that a reform process in relation to the security industry has involved widespread consultation with all of the actors and all of the participants in the national security industry. And that consultation has not occurred solely on the part of the ACT government. That consultation has occurred nationally across all jurisdictions, involving the commonwealth government and involving the national associations that represent the security and guarding industry in Australia.


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