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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3289..

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Berry has suggested that the matters I have written to Mr Stanhope and others about are ancient history and not relevant because the acts occurred before self-government. I want to put on the record very clearly that the prosecutions I have referred to in that correspondence are prosecutions which are actually under way now or at least have been under way until recently - - -

Mr Berry: Why do you not do something about it?

MR HUMPHRIES: Because I do not believe that it is right to recriminalise, but you do.

Mr Berry: No, we do not.

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! I will not have debates across the chamber. I want this legislation put. Mr Humphries, you may do what you need to do in relation to the court and that is all.

MR HUMPHRIES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I make it clear that the issues concerned with those prosecutions are not inactive, they are not ancient history; they are currently before our courts.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.




Debate resumed from 1 July 1999, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No. 5, Children and Young People (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1999? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 4 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 5, Children and Young People (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1999.

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