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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 519 ..


MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mr Wood withdrawing the matter of public importance submitted for discussion by the Assembly this day.

Suspension of Standing Orders

Motion (by Mr Berry) proposed:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No. 11, private members business, relating to the Fair Trading (Amendment) Bill 1996, being called on forthwith.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (4.35): Mr Speaker, I have had about five minutes' notice of this motion. The Consumer Affairs Bureau has told me that they believe that we should oppose this Bill, but I have not discussed it with my colleagues because I did not expect this to be debated this week. I do not have anyone from the bureau here to talk to me about it. It is a gross discourtesy to do this without any capacity to consider it. I think, Mr Speaker, that those opposite are - - -

Mr Berry: I did not realise. I withdraw it.

MR HUMPHRIES: Thank you.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Ministerial Statement

Debate resumed from 25 October 1995, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MS McRAE (4.36): I have just lost an hour's free time and my speech is upstairs, but I will rapidly put my brain back into gear. I am very pleased to be given an opportunity to speak on the housing strategy. What Mr Stefaniak presented to the Assembly was a plan which involved a process of consultation and negotiation with the community as to the future of housing in the ACT. I was, in fact, quite pleased with it because it did offer a genuine process of partnership with the community in terms of how to deal with the future of housing in the ACT. The housing needs of the ACT which Mr Stefaniak outlined in his statement incorporated both the private sector market as well

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