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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 March 2010) . . Page.. 1020 ..


Mr Coe: You never go back on your word?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Members of the opposition, please be quiet so that we can hear Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you. We did put that offer and they refused. We did not believe they were going to support adjourning it, which we thought was important, so that is why we are virtually forced into a situation to agree with the government on this. And Jeremy knows perfectly well what happened yesterday. I do not think he can come in here and argue like he has been hurt in some way, given that he actually refused the offer we put to him.

Mr Hanson: You demanded of me that I adjourn the detail stage and I said no. It does not stop you voting for it.

MS BRESNAN: There were no demands put on you, Jeremy. I put an offer to you. We tried to work with you cooperatively on this and you refused. You know what happened. We know what happened. Really it is a fairly disingenuous argument for you to come in here now and put up some argument that you did not know this was going to happen. I have to say that we do think it is important to go down that path again.

Again, I think we all know, when legislation is put on the table, even though there has been a process, people do need to be actively engaged, to actually be involved in a consultation process. I have to say Jeremy said he did; he had consulted the AFPA and the NRMA. I do not think they actually represent all the community groups and all the groups that will be interested in this and I do think it is important to be actively engaged with them.

Again, I would say to Jeremy that we said, “Delay it for a month and then we will come back and debate it.” We were happy to do that. He refused that. You really only have yourself to blame on this. Again, I would say: “This is your bill. Go and do the work on this one and stop being lazy.”

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (4.01): Madam Assistant Speaker, I seek your guidance. Is the debate on this particular motion limited to 15 minutes?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Yes.

MR HARGREAVES: It is; fine. Thank you very much.

Mr Seselja: Does that mean you are going to take your whole five minutes?

MR HARGREAVES: I congratulate the Leader of the Opposition on his clairvoyance and I am really glad to see that he is in fact starting to read tea leaves instead of coffee grounds because he is just murky otherwise.

The reason why we ought to adjourn this matter is that the government actually is in the middle of a consultation process with stakeholders and we are in the process of doing an exposure draft to engage the community and stakeholders.


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