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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 2113 ..

Mr Humphries: I think it is going downhill, John, rapidly.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Humphries. I welcome your suggestions at any time, night or day. What I am trying to suggest to you, Mr Speaker, is that these four clauses are linked. They are talking about a simple statement and that is: Stop and go back to the drawing board on this. There have been enough accusations flowing around in this house to cast doubt on the integrity of the process from a number of sides. What I am suggesting to you is that integrity is totally in doubt and I want them linked.

Ms Carnell: Are you suggesting that if we do not like one of them we should vote against the lot? Is that what you are saying?

MR HARGREAVES: What I am suggesting to you is that they are linked, and you should have a long, hard think about it because there is nothing difficult in this. Mr Speaker, if the Government sees anything difficult in this, they merely wear their prejudice on their sleeves, and they do not need to do that. The Government can just as easily say, "Accept the fact that we have stuffed it. We will just forget it. We will go back to square one and everybody will be happy. Everybody will go home and negotiate in good faith, and the issue will be done". I suggest to members that if this does not happen the union is not going to accept anything that this Government has to say, and it is going to be on big time. If members here doubt that, I suggest that they look up into the gallery.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Paragraph (1) agreed to.

Paragraph (2) agreed to.

Question put:

That paragraph (3) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	NOES, 9

Mr Berry	Ms Carnell
Mr Corbell	Mr Cornwell
Mr Hargreaves	Mr Hird
Mr Osborne	Mr Humphries
Mr Quinlan	Mr Kaine
Mr Stanhope	Mr Moore
Ms Tucker	Mr Rugendyke
Mr Wood		Mr Smyth
		Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the negative.

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