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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2709 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

may have misunderstood a discussion paper of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General that I was tabling earlier this week. That discussion paper was supported by all Attorneys-General across the country and it poses a number of provisions for non-fatal offences against the person without necessarily saying this was the view of any particular government. The particular proposal about corporal punishment was that in places where it was practised there should be express consent of parents for its administration to their particular children at a particular school. To say that is not to say that we support any position on corporal punishment within the ACT except that, if it were to be used, that is the circumstance in which it should be used.

Ms McRae: It is not used anywhere, and he should know that.

Mr Moore: Your report from the committee said something very different.

Ms McRae: It was not my report and I was not there when that evidence was given, so do not mislead.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Would you two like to go outside and have a scrap while Mr Humphries finishes?

MR HUMPHRIES: I want to make it clear, Mr Speaker, that the paper is a discussion paper only, and I am sure it will generate a great deal of discussion if today is any indication.


MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, in regard to my question to Mr De Domenico, I seek leave to table page 7 from the Tuggeranong Chronicle dated 26 August.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: The article is headed "School bus cut" and is about ACTION's plan to cut morning school buses for Gordon Primary School. Mr De Domenico asked me to provide him with the route number. He might be able to explain it. In this article it says:

"The cancelling of Route 610 was being considered due to low patronage," ...

That quote is from Mr De Domenico, Mr Speaker. I will table that.

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