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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1042..


To respond to some of the comments that have been made by the other side that we voted against the inclusion of them in the minutes to keep them "from seeing the light of day"—I believe that is a direct quote—is simply untrue. It is misleading to construe that, given that the discussion was to make sure that the report and the alternate report—

Dr Bourke: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, actually, you are right, Dr Bourke.

MR WALL: I will withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you withdraw that, please?

MR WALL: I will withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Dr Bourke, I was getting there myself.

MR WALL: The intent was to make sure that the both the chair's draft and the alternate draft were given proper consideration and proper publicity as to representing the views of all members on the committee. So I have moved the motion that I have circulated—that all alternate reports also be included.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am a little confused. Mr Rattenbury—

Mr Rattenbury: I am not going to move my motion.

MADAM SPEAKER: I call Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo (10.45): I will not be moving my amendment as Mr Wall has moved something very similar, although in the spirit of efficiency I note that I only took five words to do it and he took 14. Nonetheless, Mr Wall's amendment achieves the same effect, which is that it obviously is appropriate to have both the chair's draft report and any alternate draft report tabled in this place today.

I think it is unfortunate that we need to do this but it is, I think, quite appropriate given that we need to continue to look at this bill. The debate is due next week. We should have the benefit of receiving the work that both reports have done and the conclusions that members of the committee may have drawn from the evidence that they have heard.

Certainly, I have looked at a number of the submissions that came in and I will be looking at the rest of them before we debate the legislation. But I would certainly also welcome the committee's insights. So I will be supporting both Mr Wall's amendment and Mr Corbell's initial motion.

Amendment agreed to.


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