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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3722..


Actually, Mr Corbell is part of the problem and he is demonstrating again today he is part of the problem by trying to stymie debate on this matter. This is a matter for which the community has a high level of interest and it should be debated today.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.55): I will not be addressing the substantive issues around this bill because this question is about whether or not the bill should be brought on for debate. I am happy to address the substantial issues around this bill when the bill does come up for debate.

But the Liberal Party should think again about standing up in this place and accusing the government of not being ready to debate bills, Madam Assistant Speaker. I draw to your attention those bills which the Liberal Party have advised the government they are not ready to debate. They are the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011, not ready to pass beyond the in-principle stage from the Liberal Party; the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Bill 2011, not ready to debate; the Security Industry Amendment Bill, not ready to debate; the Unit Titles (Management) Amendment Bill, not ready to debate; the Coroners Amendment Bill, not ready to debate; the Terrorism (Extraordinary—

Mrs Dunne: That is a lie, Simon. That is a lie.

MR CORBELL: I ask Mrs Dunne to withdraw that.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Mrs Dunne, would you like to withdraw that comment?

Mrs Dunne: I withdraw.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Dunne.

MR CORBELL: The Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Amendment Bill, not ready to debate. So before Mrs Dunne stands up in this place and gives us a lecture about how terrible it is that the government is not prepared to debate her bill today, let us just be very clear about the track record of those opposite. There are eight government bills on the table, all of them tabled approximately two months ago, not ready for debate because the Liberal Party are not prepared to debate them at this time. That is the hypocrisy of those opposite. The fact is—

Mrs Dunne: That is a lie. That is a lie.

MR CORBELL: I ask you to withdraw the comment again, Mrs Dunne. I ask you to withdraw it. I heard what you said. Withdraw it.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I invite you—

Mrs Dunne: I withdraw.


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