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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2289 ..

MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

I am not saying that is going to happen but, under the amendments, the way they are technically written, this is what the amendments say. The amendments proposed appear to be a direct lift from a union rule book, according to the information I have.

As Mr Moore quite eloquently put it, what about horse owners? What about TAB agents? What about a punters representative? What about the racing club, the trots and the dogs? For all those reasons, Mr Speaker, I believe the amendment, the way it is written, is flawed, and I do not think it deserves the support of this Assembly.

MR MOORE (1.02): If the problem that Mr De Domenico points out was the only factor that would change my vote I would have moved an amendment to what Mr Wood has put up, or I would have discussed it with Mr Wood. I actually share the view of Mr De Domenico. I did have that option but I felt, in the end, that I would oppose the thing as a whole.

MR WOOD (1.03): Mr Speaker, I do not accept those arguments. There have been very good reasons proposed in the past why the racing clubs and the like would not be on the board, and I think those arguments hold. There is no relevance between that argument and the one that two members have tried to propose. Mr Speaker, the amendments have been meticulously done. I have been through them. They do cover the circumstances. I reject Mr De Domenico's claim that they have come out of some union rule book. They have not. They have been very carefully worked through in the proper place and with the proper processes. I repeat that these are amendments that, in the interests of the good running of ACTTAB, should be passed.

Question put:

That the amendments (Mr Wood's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 7	 	NOES, 8

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

Question so resolved in the negative.

Remainder of Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 1.07 to 2.30 pm

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