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I am sorry; but all of you people who are planning to knock down your tree next weekend to put in another tree, or because you wanted to put something else up, have to get a licence now. You cannot get a licence tomorrow because the forms have not been printed yet. There are no licences done, we do not have any criteria developed, and we do not have the officers to go out there and inspect your tree to see whether it should be knocked down”.
For goodness sake, this is stupidity on the part of the Opposition. I ask members of this chamber to think before they leap into this one. This is stupidity. We should think about what we are doing before we go into this course of action. Let us adjourn this Bill and let cooler tempers prevail.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together, and agreed to.
MR BERRY (12.12): I want to deal with clause 4 and with some of the untruths that have been put in this place. The first one is Mr Humphries’s claim that this was not consistent with any policy of the Labor Party. Of course it was.
Mr Humphries: I did not say that.
MR BERRY: That was certainly the impression I thought you were trying to create. I withdraw that.
MR SPEAKER: You are moving your amendment?
MR BERRY: Yes, Mr Speaker. I move:
Page 2, line 6, paragraph (a), omit the paragraph and substitute the following paragraph:
“(a) by omitting the penalty provision at the foot of subsection (1) and substituting the following penalty provision:
‘Penalty: 50 penalty units.’;”.