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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2952 ..

MR CONNOLLY (continuing):

The fact that this Assembly - the first parliament in Australia to debate this issue - is prepared to pass this law in principle is a very strong signal to the National Food Authority that this debate can no longer be carried out in the closed circles of food science expertise; it can no longer be something that is at the bottom of the agenda at Health Ministers meetings and lost in the debates about Medicare funding, hospital waiting lists and the rest of it. This is an issue which must be debated publicly. When the harsh light of public opinion is shone on this issue of genetically altered and irradiated food products, the public will demand that they have information so that they can make an informed choice as to whether to buy the product or not. I thank members for their support.

Question put:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 6

Mr Berry	Mrs Carnell
Mr Connolly	Mr Cornwell
Ms Follett	Mr De Domenico
Ms Horodny	Mr Humphries
Mr Moore	Mr Kaine
Mr Osborne	Mr Stefaniak
Ms Tucker	
Mr Whitecross	
Mr Wood		
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I advise you that Ms McRae and Mr Hird are paired.

Detail Stage

Clause 1

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.

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