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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 1887..


MR HIRD (continuing):

Thirdly, proposal No. 3 for eight cinemas has been removed. It was this proposal which generated most criticism by the community, because of the impact it might have had on the existing small business operators in the Civic area. The cinemas are no longer included in the revised plan. Even the proprietor of Electric Shadows Cinemas informed the committee that he supported the revised proposal. I commend the report to the house, Mr Speaker.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1999

MR KAINE (9.34): Mr Speaker, I present the Financial Management (Amendment) Bill 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR KAINE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, I will be brief. I have in the past brought amendments and Bills such as this to the Assembly to correct situations where Ministers were able unilaterally and without challenge or review to make instruments under the law. The most recent case on which I did that was in connection with the Casino Control Act. This is yet another case of a Minister being able to make an instrument - in this case, to issue guidelines - which is not a disallowable instrument. In the case in point, I am quite sure that, had that document come to this Assembly before it was signed into law, it would not have passed the scrutiny of this place. I am moving to close that anomaly, to require that guidelines of this kind issued by the responsible Minister shall become disallowable instruments and subject to review by this house.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries ) adjourned.

LONG SERVICE LEAVE (CLEANING, BUILDING AND PROPERTY SERVICES) BILL 1999

MR BERRY (9.36): I present the Long Service Leave (Cleaning, Building and Property Services) Bill 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BERRY: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.


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