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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (2 March) . . Page.. 533..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The next few years will be an important settling-in period for the act, as public officials, practitioners and the courts develop expertise in applying the new law. After three years, the United Kingdom government is finding that litigation has not been the most important impact of the act; rather it has been the internal changes to government processes and the wider community understanding and public service understanding of human rights that it has created.

I am confident that, by taking this step-by-step approach, we can, over time, reap the benefits of a system in which democracy and the rule of law are strengthened and in which human rights are actively debated and protected. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 9

Noes 6

Mr Berry

Mr Quinlan

Mrs Burke

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Cross

Ms Dundas

Ms Tucker

Mrs Dunne

Ms Gallagher

Mr Wood

Mr Pratt

Ms MacDonald

Mr Smyth

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Detail stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Clause 5.

MS DUNDAS (8.20): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 596].

I will speak now to amendments 1, 2, and 3 circulated in my name in the interest of moving time forward. They are all related so, if one gets up, hopefully all of them will get up and, if one is not successful, there will be no need to waste the Assembly's time by moving them all.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Ms Dundas! Are you going to speak to all of the amendments together but move them separately?

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