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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 3410 ..

Question put:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 4

Ms Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Mr Corbell
Mr Humphries	Mr Hargreaves
Mr Kaine	Mr Quinlan
Mr Moore
Mr Osborne
Mr Rugendyke
Mr Smyth
Ms Tucker
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

MR BERRY (6.08): Pursuant to standing order 174, I move:

That the Legislative Assembly (Privileges) Bill 1998 be referred to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for inquiry and report.

I could develop some further reasons.

Mr Moore: There is a standing order about repetitiveness.

MR BERRY: I think I could develop some further and innovative reasons by referring further to the Bill, but that is not the point of the exercise. The point of the exercise is to have an expert committee of the Assembly look at the matter and to come back to this place with a report which we can all consider in the cool light of day. I think it would be a sensible move.

I have expressed my personal reservations about the Bill and Labor's reservations about the Bill, but we will be happy to consider a report from that committee. We seek the support of other members of this Assembly for that course. The Administration and Procedure Committee has a reputation for very carefully considering these sorts of pieces of legislation or efforts or issues which affect the Assembly. It uses the wider networks of the secretariat to develop these matters fully, and I think that is a most appropriate course for us to adopt.

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