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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 2923 ..

MR SPEAKER: The question now is: That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to:

That the question be divided.

Paragraph (1) agreed to.

Question put:

That paragraph (2), as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 8

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

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Paragraph (2), as amended, agreed to.

Paragraph (3) agreed to.

MR SPEAKER: The question is: That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.14), in reply: I would exercise my right of reply, Mr Speaker, briefly. Let me put on the record very clearly that those opposite have left aside the particular facts or stepped beneath the waves in this debate. The Government supported fully the motion as put to the Assembly originally. The record is very clear that the Liberal Government in this place condemned, with everyone else in this Assembly, the actions of the French Government in conducting those tests in the South Pacific. We did not feel that it was going to achieve anything to have such a ban. The record can reflect that fact.

Mr Speaker, let me give Mr Berry a small lesson in geography. China, in fact, is much nearer to Australia than Tahiti is, and I think it is a measure of some hypocrisy that people should condemn the French Government for testing in Tahiti or in the vicinity of the Society Islands and not condemn tests going on much more literally in our backyard

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