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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 October 2011) . . Page.. 4589 ..


As to whether law enforcement officers find the counter-terrorism law to be difficult or operationally impractical, I would contend that specialist counter-terrorism law enforcement officers would be aware of the powers that are available to them. If they are not aware of them they should be trained, and I am satisfied that any perceived operational difficulties can be overcome in a proactive manner.

Because of this and because of our commitment to the safety and security of our community, the Canberra Liberals will not be supporting the Greens’ amendments.

Question put:

That Mr Rattenbury’s amendments Nos 1 to 6 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 11

Ms Bresnan

Dr Bourke

Ms Gallagher

Ms Hunter

Ms Burch

Mr Hanson

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Coe

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne

Question so resolved in the negative.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question now is that the bill as a whole be agreed to.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.49): I do not intend to speak for long, other than to say that the Greens will now be voting against the bill as a whole. We believe that the Assembly has failed in an opportunity to take advantage of the five-year renewal point of these laws in order to improve them further for the protection of the citizens of the ACT both in terms of ensuring a safe environment from terrorist threat and in terms of ensuring the full protection of our values and freedoms that we hold so strongly.

Question put:

That the bill, as a whole, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 4

Dr Bourke

Ms Gallagher

Ms Bresnan

Ms Burch

Mr Hanson

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Mr Hargreaves

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne


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