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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1694..


in relation to search and confiscation under criminal law. So that power is still there available to them; this is not about removing that power in any way or form. This is actually about making it clear about what the intent of this legislation and this clause is. I think it is important to make that clear. We do agree in principle with what the legislation is doing, but we need to be clear about what is trying to be achieved with this clause.

I have already said it but I point out again that police already have powers of confiscation and search available to them. So that power would still be there. If there were grounds to suspect that there was something else which needed to be noted through the search, and if there were to be criminal convictions in relation to that, police still have the powers to be able to do that. I think it is just important to point that out in relation to this particular amendment and again note that it was something which was raised by the scrutiny of bills committee. I also note, as I already have, and Mr Stanhope has mentioned, that the government have responded to scrutiny in relation to this, but I still believe it is important that we are very concise with this power, that it is not too broad and that it is actually in line with the intent of this legislation.

Question put:

That Ms Bresnan's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4: Ms Bresnan Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Mr Rattenbury

Noes 13: Mr Barr Ms Burch Mr Coe Mr Corbell Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Ms Gallagher Mr Hanson Mr Hargreaves Ms Porter Mr Seselja Mr Smyth Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Clause 42 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.17 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Land—rates and charges

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, in the 10 years of the ACT Labor government, the cost of land rates and charges in the ACT has risen by


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