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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4896 ..


Mr Coe's amendments to this bill take a sensible approach that provides a balance between religious education and protecting our children and teachers from discrimination in our schools. Had Labor and the Greens supported the proposed further amendment, it would have only enhanced that sensible balance.

Mr Rattenbury says that the revised explanatory statement fixes it all. But he very well knows that an assurance, a clarification, a protection, a paragraph in a revised explanatory statement is not the same as legislative protection.

I thank Mr Coe for bringing forward these amendments to the bill today. I commend his amendments to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9 : Miss C Burch, Ms Lee, Mr Coe, Mr Milligan, Mrs Dunne, Mr Parton, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Mrs Kikkert

Noes 12 : Mr Barr, Ms Orr, Ms J Burch, Mr Pettersson, Ms Cheyne, Mr Ramsay, Ms Fitzharris, Mr Rattenbury, Mr Gentleman, Mr Steel, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Amendments negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

It being after 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put and negatived.

Emergencies Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 25 October 2018, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (6.02): I support the Emergencies Amendment Bill 2018 put forward by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The bill makes amendments to the Emergencies Act 2004 to enhance the clarity and operation of the act as it relates to the function of the security and emergency management senior officials group—or SEMSOG—emergency subplans and the application of the act during an emergency situation.


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