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Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. I ask you to offer some clarification of why people need to seek leave of absence if they are attending a conference related to Assembly business. I do not ask you to do so this minute, but would you mind giving us some advice on that.

MR SPEAKER: I shall give you some advice on that. I shall consider the matter. As you would be aware, Ms McRae, it has become a convention to some extent; but I will look into the matter further for you.

Ms McRae: I was asked about it. It does not make any sense. It is Assembly business.

MR SPEAKER: I take your point, and I will let members know what the arrangements are.


Debate resumed from 1 June 1995, on motion by Mrs Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (5.24): Mr Speaker, the Labor team will not be opposing or seeking to amend this Bill. It deals with a purely housekeeping matter - namely, the provision of a one-off exemption for ACT vehicles transferring from the Federal interstate registration scheme to the ACT registration scheme after 30 June 1995. Members will know that the Federal interstate registration scheme is to be phased out, and the 250 or so ACT vehicles which are currently so registered and which are currently exempt from liability for stamp duty need to transfer to ACT registration. As they are currently exempt, I can see no reason why they should not remain exempt - unlike the vehicles of people being posted overseas, Mr Speaker. I also accept that if these vehicles were to transfer, say, to New South Wales for registration, which State does have a stamp duty exemption for them, then the ACT would lose revenue over the coming years. We will therefore be supporting the Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

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