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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4409..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

regime. As I indicated earlier, the government stands by its position in relation to the proposed penalty regime, but accepts that it is not a view which some other members of the Assembly have.

MS TUCKER (9.20): I have not had time to look at these amendments and I am very confused about them. I would like to have the debate adjourned to a later hour this day, if someone wants to move for that. If not, I would like someone to get up and explain to me exactly why I should know that this is about a strict liability offence because I am having trouble finding it. If it is not, I do not know why we are doing what we are doing. I have not had time to go through the bill and see whether there are any other places where there is provision for imprisonment. Why are we doing what we are doing? I've had no notice of it and I would like to have a much better explanation. Will someone move for the adjournment of this debate to a later time this day so that I can have a chance to look at it?

Debate (on motion Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to a later hour.

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Amendment

Bill 2003

Detail stage

Clause 8.

Debate resumed from 24 August 2004.

MS DUNDAS (9.21): Mr Speaker, as I did when we were debating this bill the other day, I put on the record that the Democrats will be opposing clause 8. This clause goes directly to the government's proposed auction of taxi plates and, as I have put on the record a number of times, that is not something the Democrats support.

MRS DUNNE (9.22): I would like to put on the record that this is part of a suite of amendments which seek to remove the taxi plate auction system and to which the Liberal opposition is opposed.

MS TUCKER (9.22): As I have already noted, the Greens do not support any increase in the number of taxi licence plates and are opposing this clause.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (9.22): The course of the next period is quite clearly set. There was a suggestion from Ms Dundas when we were close to finishing the debate the other day that we could treat the rest of the bill as a whole after we have dealt with the next three clauses. If I get the nod from members, I will move the rest of the amendments together after we have disposed of the next three clauses and treat the remainder of the bill as a whole. I am sure that members have read all the material and know exactly what they are doing with all of this matter.

Clause 8 negatived.

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