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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 3330 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

are not allowed to do that because, somehow, it is going to upset the uniform standards discussions that are occurring in Australia. I believe that it is going to assist in those discussions, and Mr Moore should be grateful that this parliament is prepared to take a stance on this issue, particularly in light of the fact that we are only going to the in-principle stage.

So we are saying through this Bill, as Mr Moore said in the last debate - he still says that he supports it, and I believe that he does - "This is about the consumers' right to know. We have high standards. We expect high standards in consumer information. This Assembly is of the view that this is what should be happening". Mr Moore can take that to his meetings and he can take a strong position from the ACT on that. I hope that he will do that with great enthusiasm.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition): I seek leave to make a short statement, pursuant to standing order 47.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, proceed.

MR STANHOPE: I just want to clarify something, having just listened to Ms Tucker's response. I did indicate - and I am not sure whether Ms Tucker heard me - that the Labor Party would actually prefer to see the matter adjourned before the in-principle vote today.

Ms Tucker: No, I did not hear that.

MR STANHOPE: I was afraid that you had perhaps misunderstood our position. I did want to clarify that. We support it in principle. We support the intent - - -

Ms Tucker: So we are not having a vote?

MR STANHOPE: We would not support it at this stage, Ms Tucker.

MR BERRY: I seek leave to move: That the debate be adjourned.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I move:

That the debate be adjourned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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