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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2907 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

I commend these initiatives to the Assembly. I table the following paper:

Liquor enforcement measures - ministerial statement, 12 December 1995.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR CONNOLLY (4.24): Mr Speaker, this statement is capable of broad bipartisan support. In probably 30 seconds, I can encapsulate what Mr Humphries said in about three-quarters of an hour and support it broadly. It is built on the initiatives that we were taking in government. I am particularly pleased that the - - -

Mr Humphries: You said that it was a stunt a minute ago.

MR CONNOLLY: Taking 45 minutes was. We stand by that. We are pleased that many of our initiatives are being built on. I am very pleased that Ken Begg and David Biles are being reappointed to their respective positions as chair and deputy chair of the Community Safety Committee, because they have done a fine job for the people of Canberra. I am pleased that Mr Humphries has abandoned the traditional knee-jerk 3.00 am or 4.00 am closing time on which endless amounts of radio and print time were expended in the lead-up to last year's election, when Mr Humphries was going to do that. I am pleased that, now in government, he is being more responsible. Now, in the pre-Christmas period, is the time when traditionally the ACT Government reminds the community of its responsibilities. We are leading into summer festivities. We are leading into events like Summernats where large crowds of people will gather, and the Opposition is pleased that its approach is being carried forward by this Government.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Discussion of Matter of Public Importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mr Berry proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The urgent need for the Government to change its approach to industrial relations.

MR BERRY (4.25): This issue is one of great concern to the community, for a whole host of reasons. The most important reason is the threat that has been posed to the social fabric in many ways as a result of Mr De Domenico's and the Government's approach to industrial relations generally.

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