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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2655..


The main reason is that if the proposed amendments are incorporated, the ACT legislation will not be agreed to by the other jurisdictions. There are a number of legal implications—I am advised by Mr Corbell's office—of this. I know that the need for uniformity and national laws creates problems. It is something that the scrutiny committee has discussed on a number of occasions—the extent to which you are locked in or not locked in to national legislation. But the advice that the ACT legislation would not be agreed to by the other jurisdictions is, I think, the clincher for the Canberra Liberals. On that basis, we cannot support these amendments.

Amendments negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

National Energy Retail Law (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012

Debate resumed from 10 May 2012, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr John Desmond Button OAM

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.47): This evening I would like to pay tribute to Mr John Desmond Button OAM, who passed away on 28 May at the age of 90.

Mr Button's sense of duty was evident throughout his life: whether it was through military service, the law, school boards, veterans groups or numerous other organisations, it was a life of commitment to the community for the benefit of others.


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