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Wednesday, 24 March 1993


MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


MR WESTENDE: I seek leave to present a petition which does not conform with standing orders as it does not contain a request.

Leave granted.

MR WESTENDE: I present an out-of-order petition from 387 residents protesting about restricted parking facilities at Oatley Court, Belconnen.


MR MOORE (10.31): I present the Discrimination (Amendment) Bill 1993.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MOORE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Madam Speaker, in introducing this Bill I would like, first of all, to make clear the consistency of my approach now and in 1991. I shall do that by quoting from Hansard of 27 November 1991, when an amendment similar to this was presented by Mr Stefaniak in this house. In the very first paragraph of that speech I stated:

... I make it quite clear that I agree with Mr Stefaniak, in principle, that it is now inappropriate to have such a thing as compulsory trade unionism. I make no bones about my position on that.

In my speech that followed, in opposing Mr Stefaniak's amendment at the time I stated, again and again, that it would certainly be entirely inappropriate for me to support the legislation - and at that time I said "at this stage" - and to pass an amendment that could well be overturned due to the relationship that the ACT has with the Federal Government and the overriding power of Federal legislation. I said:

That is something ... I would ... look into further.

I went on to say that it was an issue that needed some debate - - -

Mr Connolly: Wriggle, wriggle, wriggle.

Mr Cornwell: "I would like to look into further".

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