Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 1742..
MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):
Mr Connolly had a very unusual argument for a socialist. He appealed to tradition. He said that traditionally the Labor Party has always seen this kind of situation go on and therefore we should continue to have it available in this country and, indeed, in this Territory. Other parties, he said, have used how-to-vote cards in the past, a la the last election; therefore it must be okay. In a situation where such things are being provided by one party, it would be foolishness indeed for other parties not to make that provision. But I come back to the point that this is essentially about empowering individuals in the Territory who are voters to make their own decision about which way they will vote. Those opposite have not even begun to understand what that is about or, if they do understand, they choose to ignore it because they have factional interests that are put in disarray by this measure. Mr Speaker, this is about democracy, about extending its concepts, about supporting real choice in the electorate, and my party is very proud to have brought forward this legislation in this place.
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 11 NOES, 6 Mrs Carnell Mr Berry Mr Cornwell Mr Connolly Mr De Domenico Ms Follett Mr Hird Ms McRae Ms Horodny Mr Whitecross Mr Humphries Mr Wood Mr Kaine Mr Moore Mr Osborne Mr Stefaniak Ms TuckerQuestion so resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.