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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2424..


MR QUINLAN

(continuing):

commercial, is much higher than the rates in the amendment bill. So the amendments are deficient.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR SMYTH

(Leader of the Opposition) (1.10 am): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move all of my amendments in a block.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH

: I move amendments Nos 1 to 6, circulated in my name, together [see schedule 4 at page 2427].

As the Treasurer so rightly points out, these amendments will go. But the Treasurer has made no attempt to improve the apparently deficient 1996 act. Why? Is he unable or unwilling to? Or do they not have the wit to change it? Ms Dundas made the point that, if there are flaws in the 1996 bill, why have we not seen an attempt by the government to amend it? The answer has remained in limbo because the Treasurer does not choose to tell us.

We have already made the point that there will now be system A, followed by system B, followed by system A, followed by something modified. The policy deficiency and the ad hoc approach of the government have been clearly shown up by what has happened tonight, and the people of Canberra need to be aware that we have a Treasurer who does not have the ability to put together financial bills that work.

Amendments negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 1.11 am (Wednesday).


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