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Wednesday, 27 November 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


MR COLLAERY (10.31): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 128, I seek the indulgence of the chamber to defer private members' business notice No. 1 - the Public Corruption Bill 1991 - for 30 minutes, that is, until 11 o'clock or until such time as the next speaker has finished his in-principle speech on the Prostitution Bill. My reason for seeking that indulgence of members is that I need a few more minutes to get my speech off my computer.




Debate resumed from 25 November 1991, on motion by Mr Moore:

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 the Prostitution (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1991? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 1 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 2.

DR KINLOCH (10.32): This is a difficult issue. I have thought a great deal about it. I have written about it. During the past semester at St Mark's Institute I have been teaching a course, for two hours a week, on the subject of church and state. Here is a subject which enters into that arena. I immediately recognise that, for some people here for whom a particular set of religious values may be of no importance, what I say may be irrelevant; but I also believe that people who properly and freely have that stance in life also have a strong social ethic.

Beyond that, I believe that, even though there may be those who are not committed to any one particular faith or religious view, they will recognise that there are many people who are very strongly committed to that and for whom that point of view overrides anything else. That is, the

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