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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3153 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

This is fine". I do not think that we can afford to consider this issue except with good minds, sound members and balanced views around the table of this committee, and we will not achieve that under the present scenario.

I support the motion that has been put forward. Mr Osborne clearly feels that he is going to be unable to discharge that obligation to consider the matter in a balanced way, given the composition of the committee. I think it is appropriate to discharge him on that basis. The Assembly has amended the motion to appoint Mr Kaine in his place. That is fine, except that it does not address the question which is clearly going to come forward in a moment. The situation, clearly, is unsatisfactory. I think the Assembly puts this important issue into the wrong perspective by not dealing with it with a more balanced committee than is available at the moment.

MR OSBORNE (7.49), in reply: I acted in good faith in my negotiations with the Labor Party on this, Mr Deputy Speaker. What I wanted was a balanced committee so that we could look seriously at the issue of superannuation. They have stuffed around and stuffed around, and Ms Tucker has stuffed around. That is fine. I accept that.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr Osborne, I have been advised that you are closing the debate, because you moved the motion. That is right. We will pass by that for the moment.

Motion (by Mr Rugendyke) proposed:

That the debate be adjourned.

Question put.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 7	 	NOES, 6

Ms Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Hird		Mr Kaine
Mr Humphries	Mr Quinlan
Mr Moore	Mr Stanhope
Mr Osborne	Ms Tucker
Mr Rugendyke	Mr Wood
Mr Smyth
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned.

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