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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 3 April 2008) . . Page.. 999 ..


We are not asking you to change your view. You would not ask us to change our view. The Minister for Health has said, “We have different views on this.” Absolutely! All we are asking you to do is please look at what we are asking here as a sensible request, not a delaying tactic. I find that remarkable. I find it rude. That is not our aim here at all.

I ask and urge members, including those that are in their rooms listening to this ongoing debate tonight, to please reconsider, particularly those members on the government side who are struggling with this, to allow fully their concerns to be answered and addressed. I do not see that there is any problem engaging with the commonwealth, considering that is where this issue came from in the first place. I think it makes sense for us as legislators to take that deep breath, get extra input from the commonwealth and then we can move forward. I will be supporting Mr Smyth’s amendment.

Motion (by Ms MacDonald) agreed to:

That the question be now put.

Question put:

That Mr Smyth’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted––

Ayes 7

Noes 10

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted––

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.


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