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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 1957 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

What we want to do in this committee is to look carefully at individual areas and, where we can establish that there is a negative impact, shelter those areas from competition policy reform. We could, as Mr Moore suggested, modify the legislation if it were seen as necessary. We recognise that we may indeed have a need for reform and we do not have an argument with that. All we are asking for is more careful analysis. You say that everyone has agreed with this in the Federal Parliament. Perhaps there were not enough people in the Federal Parliament questioning it. As I said, people without much power in the party hierarchy had real concerns about that.

Mr De Domenico: You do not believe that, do you?

MS TUCKER: You may read the Hansard if you are not sure about that, Mr De Domenico. It is a good idea to a lot of people that we have Greens in parliament starting to ask these questions. It is a not dissimilar debate from that on GATT or the World Trade Organisation. There are very similar principles there, and you will find that there are very few people around the world, other than Green politicians, who have been questioning the wisdom of that. Now we are starting to get very serious concerns about the impact of the globalisation of trade. In conclusion, I stress again that we are not against reform; we are for looking at this thing carefully. I enjoy working with Ms Follett and Mr Kaine. It sounds as though he will find it a very enlightening experience.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Referral of Competition Policy Reform Bill 1995

Motion (by Ms Tucker), by leave, agreed to:

That the Competition Policy Reform Bill 1995 be referred to the Select Committee on Competition Reform and that, on the Committee presenting its report to the Assembly, resumption of debate on the question "That Clause 1 be agreed to" in the detail stage be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

Government Response

Debate resumed from 22 August 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR BERRY (4.07): It is with pleasure that I speak on this matter. The State of the Environment Report was tabled in the Assembly by a Labor Minister, my colleague Mr Bill Wood, in September last year. The report is required under the Commissioner for the Environment Act, which was introduced by Labor - another Labor initiative. Few governments in Australia could stand beside Labor when you look at its record.

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