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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 September 2011) . . Page.. 4094 ..


Question put:

That clause 172 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Clause 172 agreed to.

Clause 10.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.37): I will not be moving amendment 1 or amendments 6, 7, 13 and 18 to 33. They have all lapsed because the principal amendment, No 10, failed.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): We may have to do some amending as we go through the script.

MRS DUNNE: What I will do is not rise to move those but I just wanted to give you notice that that was what was happening. I have a few others later on.

Clause 10 agreed to.

Clauses 11 to 30, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clauses 31 to 33, by leave, taken together.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.38), by leave: I move amendments 2 to 4 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 4125].

These are important provisions that need to be addressed in this bill. The Canberra Liberals have significant problems with the penalty provisions in this bill and the main reason that we have significant problems is that this is a radical departure from the drafting style of legislation in the ACT. I think it was in about 1996 that we introduced the notion of penalty units and since 1996 all legislation in the ACT has been drafted with penalty units inside them. I think that there was a time when we slipped behind when there was not a regular updating of our penalty units but we recently updated them all. A penalty unit now stands at $110 for an individual and $550 or five times the amount for a corporation.


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