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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5155 ..


This is a very important safeguard to ensure the integrity of the commissioner and that he is safeguarded.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (6.14): Equally, a corrupt opposition could keep a corrupt commissioner in place, Madam Speaker. That is the same reality. Mrs Dunne's argument can be inverted. A small minority of the Assembly could block the sacking of a commissioner who had done the wrong thing.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 37 agreed to.

Clause 38.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (6.15): I move amendment No 14 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 5201]. As with amendments Nos 12 and 13, we believe that a two-thirds majority should be required. This amendment seeks to omit the following text: "otherwise resolves to require the Speaker to end the commissioner's appointment". We would rather it read: "by resolution passed by a majority of at least two-thirds of the members, to require the Speaker to end the commissioner's appointment". We think this makes sense.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (6.16): The same rationale applies to this amendment as to the previous one, so the government will not be supporting it.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Coe, Mr Milligan, Mrs Dunne, Mr Parton, Mrs Jones, Mr Wall, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Lawder, Ms Lee

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

Amendment negatived.

Clause 38 agreed to.

Clause 39 agreed to.


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