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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3191 ..

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (4.59): Mr Speaker, this really is most extraordinary. The Government have brought the Bill on. Now they are trying to tell us it is urgent. Let us just pause for a moment and think about why this Bill is urgent. What would happen if we did not pass this Bill today? The answer is that a couple of customers might be able to shop at a Coles supermarket after 7 o'clock next Monday.

Debate interrupted.


MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Humphries: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.

Question put:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	 NOES, 9

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

Question so resolved in the negative.

Declaration of Urgency

Debate resumed.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, this matter is not an urgent matter. There would be no harm done by this Bill sitting on the table for a few more weeks. The fact is that people are going to shop at Coles tonight after 10 o'clock, and there is no reason why they should not be able to shop at Coles after 10 o'clock next Friday night either. The world will not come to an end if - - -

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