Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2014..
MR SPEAKER: Thank you.
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
The Assembly voted-
Question so resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Clause 1 agreed to.
MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition) (9.35): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2037].
I wish to speak briefly to the amendment. Some of my colleagues probably will want to speak on a couple of other matters, but I wish to make some general comments in relation to all the amendments. This amendment seeks to omit a provision whereby the minister can give notice that the section repealing the Australian Capital Tourism Act has commenced. Basically, my amendments, to save me repeating myself, delete all references to three authorities-the Emergency Services Authority, the Australian Capital Tourism Corporation and the ACT Health Promotion Authority. Basically, all these amendments relate to that. I think that we will be dealing with amendments 1 to 6 separately and 4 and 5 together. The rest are consequential upon those. Effectively, because some are a bit technical, the amendments relate to deleting all references to those three bodies, which we think should not be included in the government's regime.
DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (9.37): My speech on amendment No 1 will apply to my approach to the whole suite of amendments. I am inclined to support those amendments. The reason is that the more we look at this budget and the more we get a chance, after a week spent with our heads in the budget, to look at this legislation, the more it seems to me that we are going at it with indecent haste. I will be supporting Mr Stefaniak's amendments because they would at least buy some time if they were successful.
It has been said that this budget is the most far-reaching budget since self-government. I think that these structural changes, all happening at once, are the most far-reaching changes that have happened in the history of self-government, not that I am an expert on