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Mr Moore: Then let him withdraw the whole legislation.

MR STEFANIAK: Well, maybe. The potential is there for something like that, Mr Moore; but I doubt very much whether three weeks is going to make a huge difference. We would certainly like to consider this question in more detail.

Mr Collaery: You may not be around when it comes up next, Bill.

MR STEFANIAK: In three weeks we might be, Bernard. We would like to consider further your amendment and Mr Connolly's objections. It may well be that we would then be quite happy to go along with Mr Collaery, even if nothing happened at the Federal-State level; but, at this stage, he has raised concerns which we as a party would like to check out a little bit further. I think the most appropriate course in the circumstances is for this debate to be adjourned until the next sittings, and I so move.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jensen): I am sorry, Mr Stefaniak; you cannot do that. You should have done that before you spoke.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries) adjourned.


Detail Stage

Consideration resumed from 22 October 1991.

Clauses 1 to 4, by leave, taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 5

MR CONNOLLY (Attorney-General, Minister for Housing and Community Services and Minister for Urban Services) (12.01): I have circulated some amendments which were prepared by legislative counsel as a sort of last better thought of how to elegantly express the legislation. I apologise, to some extent, to the Assembly for that. This amendment has the effect of clearing up an oversight which would have made it appear that the chairperson was not actually on the council. To remove any doubt about having the chairperson not on the children's services council, which would have been an extraordinarily embarrassing situation, and probably a tendentious reading of the law, to make it abundantly clear that that is the case, we are proposing that we insert "the chairperson" to make it abundantly clear that the chair is on the council.

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