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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 March 2011) . . Page.. 453 ..


Operations Act 1997, which requires the regulatory authority to review licences issued at intervals not exceeding five years.

In conclusion, the alignment of the amendment with legislation of the ACT’s bordering jurisdiction will provide opportunity, consistency and further facilitate cross-border trade and commerce for businesses. Furthermore, the bill is consistent with and will further advance COAG’s promotion of national harmonisation of environmental regulation.

I thank members for their support of the bill and commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010 (Commonwealth)—motion of support

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.39), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) entreats all Senators and Members in the Australian Parliament to support Senator Bob Brown’s Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010, which seeks to remove the section 35 provision allowing for executive override of ACT laws; and

(2) notes that section 35 is an unnecessary and unwarranted constraint upon the legitimate legislative rights of the elected ACT Parliament, conferring upon the people of the ACT second-class citizenship without rationale or just cause.

As a politician I have always sought to reduce things to first principles—axioms that do not depend upon any other deduction or assumption for their veracity. It is a quest that is common not only to philosophy but also to the law. As such, it perhaps ought to have an intrinsic appeal to every heart and mind in a thinking and rational nation, but, sadly, it seems that that is not so.

And so, it seems, we Canberrans may be condemned, by people wholly unconnected with us and our lives, to perpetual second-class citizenship if Senator Brown’s bill is not passed. Thus, we may be condemned, by senators from Western Australia and


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