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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.

Question put:

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 Tucker
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.


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