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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (12 October) . . Page.. 2957 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

Mr Osborne has not spoken at all, so it is very hard to tell why he will be voting one way or the other, and, of course, I am concerned about that because I think the community has the right to know why people vote in a particular way.

In conclusion, I believe that this has been an appalling example of mismanagement. It has been an appalling example of a Minister and his supporters trying through various methods to escape responsibility for what has been a serious failure. I ask members of the crossbench to consider seriously how they vote on this matter because people in the community do expect that a workplace be well managed for the sake of the workers. Of course, with this particular work site, there are environmental implications for what goes on there. Whether or not this particular contaminant has an environmental impact, which obviously it can have, and it should be managed in a certain way, is not even the point. The point is that we do not have those checks and balances in there. We do not know what is coming in. Of course it is possible that there may be contaminants coming in.

Mr Smyth made statements about how it is best practice and that we have a leachate system. Yes, we are well aware of the leachate system, but how is it working? I saw, as I said, black water leaking out of a hole in one of the mounds covered by grass. I have serious concerns about the water management there. I raised all that in my initial speech, and that is why I am raising this issue and why I am asking for a proper response from the Government about how they are going to actually improve management of the tip. There are broader issues here as well. This is an important issue.

Mr Moore says I am devaluing a censure motion. He is devaluing the importance of best practice at this work site. He is devaluing the importance of workers' health and the management of environmental issues.

Question put:

That the amendment (Mr Rugendyke's ) to Mr Kaine's proposed amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9   	NOES, 8

Ms Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Mr Corbell
Mr Hird		Mr Hargreaves
Mr Humphries	Mr Osborne
Mr Kaine	Mr Quinlan
Mr Moore	Mr Stanhope
Mr Rugendyke	Ms Tucker
Mr Smyth	Mr Wood
Mr Stefaniak 

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

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