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penalties are expressed in units. It is then a simple matter of amending one item of legislation and the penalties are varied according to the CPI. You can expect that Mr Connolly, when he is returned to the position next year, will be carrying on an overall review of legislation, and penalty units will be part of that.

As members know, I will be proposing an amendment that they have already indicated they will agree with.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole

MR WOOD (Minister for Education and the Arts and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (5.04): I move:

Clause 5, page 4, line 7, proposed new paragraph 42E(1)(b), omit "is in effect", substitute "or 42BB(1) is in effect, without reasonable excuse".

Members know that the Standing Committee on the Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation reviewed the Bill and advised that there is an interpretation possible which was not intended in the drafting. In the Bill as presented, a person filling a car with petrol containing greater than 0.4 grams of lead per litre could be guilty of an offence even when an exemption applied. The Bill was intended to apply to wholesale and point of sale but not to the purchaser at the retail level; but it would still control petrol additives which included lead. I have moved the amendment in order to remove the ambiguity.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 28 November 1991, on motion by Mr Connolly:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR KAINE (Leader of the Opposition) (5.06): The Liberal Party supports this Bill. Indeed, while in government, we began the process that led to the corporatisation of what is now to be called Totalcare Industries Ltd.

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