Page 3848 - Week 11 - Thursday, 24 November 2022

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 15

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Mr Pettersson

Mr Cocks

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lee

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee


Debate resumed.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (5.28): I move:

Omit all text after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“request the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety to conduct an inquiry into the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (No 2), and report back to the Assembly by 31 January 2023.”.

I wish to remind all members here that each and every single piece of legislation is examined by a scrutiny committee, a committee on which I sit, alongside Mr Cain and Dr Paterson, and I can assure you that we do examine each and every bill in detail. I am sure there are some in this chamber who would regard us as pedants, obsessively examining every single detail. They would be right, because we are well advised by expert lawyers. To Daniel Stewart and Stephen Argument, thank you; I am very grateful. We, as a committee, do not hesitate to seek further information or to recommend changes to bills where required or where something is not up to standard. Therefore, this bill will of course come through the scrutiny committee for careful consideration.

Secondly, it is the practice here for all bills to go to the relevant committee for calm and careful consideration as to whether an inquiry is required. The Canberra Liberals are represented on the JACS committee, like every other party here. The Canberra Liberals could have, as part of normal process, sought to inquire through their representation on that committee, but instead, with zero notice and by suspending standing orders, the Canberra Liberals have slapped down this request in the middle of a sitting day, with the purpose of publicly seeking attention and to appease their ideological masters at the Australian newspaper.

I also note that Ms Lee’s motion selected a date that is in excess of the Assembly’s time frames for inquiry. The normal time frame for such an inquiry would be due on

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