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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 734 ..

MR KAINE (continuing):

Mr Speaker, this is essentially a simple amendment. It does not carry all of the secondary connotations behind it that have been asserted. It is a simple case of whether the Chief Minister or any other Minister should be able to make decisions of this kind, where there is a community interest, without review. At the moment the Minister can. That is not consistent with the view that this Assembly has taken over several years in other instances of ministerial powers of decision. I submit that there is nothing inherently improper or unnecessary about this amendment. I seek the support of the Assembly in putting this Bill into place today.

Mr Moore: I raise a point of order under standing order 47, Mr Speaker. I think that Mr Kaine has perhaps misunderstood the Chief Minister's speech. He said that she argued against the Bill. What the Chief Minister did was express a series of concerns. I would just like to distinguish between expressing concerns - - -

Mr Kaine: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Did I not conclude the debate?

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order, Mr Moore. I do not believe that you are in a position to defend the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister is quite capable of taking a point of order under standing order 47 at a later hour this day.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2

Amendment (by Mr Rugendyke ) agreed to:

Page 1, line 7, omit "shall be taken to have commenced on 10 March 1999", substitute "commences on the day on which it is notified in the Gazette.".

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

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