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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1951..


That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No 2, Executive business, relating to the Bushfire Inquiry (Protection of Statements) Amendment Bill 2003 being called on forthwith.

Bushfire Inquiry (Protection of Statements) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 8 May 2003, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Question (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) put:

That the debate be adjourned.

The Assembly voted-


	Ayes 9  			Noes 8

Mrs Burke  	Mr Pratt  	Mr Berry  	Mr Quinlan
Mr Cornwell  	Mr Smyth  	Mr Corbell  	Mr Stanhope
Mrs Cross  	Mr Stefaniak  	Ms Gallagher  	Mr Wood
Ms Dundas  	Ms Tucker   	Mr Hargreaves  
Mrs Dunne     			Ms MacDonald

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.

Bushfire Reconstruction Levy Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 6 May 2003, on motion by Mr Quinlan:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mr Quinlan ) proposed:

That order of the day No 1, Executive business, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

MR SMYTH

(Leader of the Opposition) (5.27): The opposition welcomes the removal of this levy. We maintained, right from the start, that there was absolutely no need for it. We maintained that, given the fact that Canberrans had already paid emotionally, physically and financially-through the enormous amounts of cash, goodwill, goods and possessions already donated to various appeals-this was nothing but a grab for cash.

Questions on notice and questions in estimates have clearly flushed the Treasurer out, with the acknowledgement that the surplus was closer to $100 million than $60 million.


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