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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2261 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

I think if Mr Humphries had any guts he would shut the group centres as well, or try to shut them. I think then that we would see a marked benefit for our local corner shops. It is quite interesting as well, Mr Speaker, to hear Mr Humphries say that he cannot see how the Government can continue to stop the major shopping centres with their redevelopments. I would have thought that any further retail space in places like the Hyperdome, or Woden, or whatever, would be a far greater problem for the local shops than not shutting five big supermarkets at 7.00 pm. Quite frankly, Mr Speaker, this is just a stunt on behalf of the Greens. They are trying to hedge their bets and I certainly will not be supporting it.

MR BERRY (12.29): Thank you, Mr Speaker. What time does this debate expire?

MR SPEAKER: You have about a minute, but I will let you know when the time comes.

MR BERRY: Thank you. Mr Speaker, this is about jobs. I can see that the Greens have been caught on this one and they would be looking for ways out with a fury. It does not avoid the fact that there is instability created by this - - -

MR SPEAKER: Excuse me. It being 12.30 pm, the extended time for Assembly business has expired.

MR BERRY: I will leave it.

Motion (by Ms Horodny) proposed:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent debate on this motion continuing beyond 12.30 pm.

Question put.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 8

Mrs Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Ms Follett
Mr De Domenico	Ms McRae
Mr Hird		Mr Moore
Ms Horodny	Mr Osborne
Mr Humphries	Ms Reilly
Mr Kaine	Mr Whitecross
Mr Stefaniak	Mr Wood
Ms Tucker

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

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