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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 2064 ..

Mr Berry: I think we will have to do that in the Auctioneers Act.

MR HUMPHRIES: You had your chance. You did not take it up, did you? Mr Speaker, this is a major consumer law review initiative - - -

Mr Berry: Because you tricked us. You did not tell us what was going on.

MR HUMPHRIES: You should have read the legislation, Mr Berry.

Mr Berry: You should have told us what was going on behind closed doors. You did not tell us about that.

MR HUMPHRIES: You did not read the legislation. That is a sign of lack of expertise on the part of the Opposition, is it not?

Mr Speaker, this is a major consumer law review initiative which will provide a level playing field for the making of bargains between consumers and licensed motor vehicle dealers. The Bill reflects considerable consumer-industry-government consultation and is an example of the Government's commitment to provide the ACT with modern and effective fair trading laws. I commend the Bill to the house and trust that members will actually take the time to read the legislation.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.

Suspension of Standing Orders

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (10.39): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition or her nominee from addressing the Assembly for an unlimited time on the matter of the recent auctioning of taxi licences, with particular reference to any issues of impropriety by any member of the Legislative Assembly in relation to the auction.

Mr Speaker, over the last two weeks in this place there have been repeated and sustained attacks by members of the Opposition on Harold Hird and Associates winning a contract to conduct a taxi plate auction yesterday in the Albert Hall. Members in this place have exercised on the floor of the chamber their right to suggest certain issues and to ask questions about certain issues. In the course of doing so, however, members of the Opposition have thrown a great deal of mud in the direction of members on this side of the chamber - Mr De Domenico, me, and Mr Hird particularly. In doing so, they have not to date articulated clearly and specifically any particular allegation in respect of this matter to put on the floor of the Assembly for proper and adequate debate.

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