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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (29 April) . . Page.. 182 ..


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 resolved in the negative.


Debate resumed.

MR BERRY: I am reluctant to sit down at this point because I am not sure that the amendment has been circulated. I really need to remain on my feet to ensure that everybody has it in their hands, because I would hate the people here to be called upon to vote on something that they were not clearly understanding. The result will be interesting for me. In the early part of the debate, I must say, I was not taking particular notice of the issue of the policies of the other parties; but, now that the coalition is so enthusiastic about it, it must be something which we all ought to be concerned about. The amendment has been circulated. It is in the hands of everybody, I trust. I will leave it at that. I move:

(1) Add after "Mr Corbell" the following words "and all other members and parties".

(2) Omit "ACT Branch of the Labor Party", substitute "their".

MR CORBELL (5.02): Mr Speaker, I support Mr Berry's amendment. The Labor Party had absolutely no difficulty whatsoever with tabling that document once it became quite clear that that was the will of the Assembly. But we felt that there was no requirement to do so, seeing that it was a public document already, that it was in the Assembly library, and that I had already made an offer to members to provide that document if they came and asked me for a copy.

Mr Speaker, the point that Mr Berry makes is, indeed, a very important one. The point that Mr Berry makes is that the Labor Party - unlike, I would argue, any other party, grouping or Independent member in this place - is prepared to place on the public record a clearly defined set of principles which will guide its decision-making in relation to any commercialisation, outsourcing or privatisation of any government business enterprise.

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