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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 March 2010) . . Page.. 1021 ..


Mr Hanson: What was the forum—

MR HARGREAVES: When I was sitting in Mr Hanson’s seat, Ted Quinlan sat in the seat occupied by the very reverend Brendan Smyth. In fact what Mr Quinlan used to do was start his argument again if the interjections came too quickly. I will do that; I will start again.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, relevance, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MR HARGREAVES: Do not stop the clock either, thanks.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, if we could talk about suspension of standing orders.

MR HARGREAVES: Yes, we will. I will start all over again. Because of the vehemence of those opposite, I have lost my train of thought. You know how hard it is, Madam Assistant Speaker, to get your train of thought back again.

The government in fact is in the middle of a consultation process with stakeholders and is in the middle of a process of doing an exposure draft to engage the community and the stakeholders. What we are not trying to do is rush something into this Assembly and have it dealt with without talking to the stakeholders properly.

Mr Hanson: What, after three years?

MR HARGREAVES: Here we go again. The government is in the middle of a consultation process with stakeholders and is in the process of doing an exposure draft to engage the community and stakeholders.

Mr Hanson: Show it to us.

MR HARGREAVES: Do you want me to start again?

Mr Seselja: Yes, I would love you to start again.

MR HARGREAVES: Okay, I will do it again, for Mr Seselja’s benefit. The government is in the middle of a consultation process with stakeholders and is in the process of doing an exposure draft to engage the community and stakeholders, because we do not want to do it without talking to people. That is what they would like to do.

We would be happy to debate this bill and the result of these consultations when they are complete. The government is in the process of receiving expert advice on the processes and the equipment to do with roadside drug testing, not to mention the costs, and would prefer that the debate be an informed one and not one based on political point scoring, which is what is happening. There is just a headlong rush to get some legislation in here.


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