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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3805 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

responses to the issues raised here. We do take it seriously and we will respond accordingly. It is not a problem because we have already considered all the issues.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Moore, you did that with the indulgence of the house because there is no question before us at the moment.

MR OSBORNE: I seek leave as well, Mr Speaker, to respond to a couple of issues.

MR SPEAKER: Do you seek the indulgence as well, Mr Osborne?

MR OSBORNE: I do, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR OSBORNE: I found it interesting to be accused of putting a spin on this. Coming from the sheik of tweak, the Shane Warne of this Assembly, the master of spin, Mr Moore, I took it as a compliment, Mr Speaker. When it comes to putting spin on things in this place, he has no peer.

This is about the process, Mr Speaker. We all have different views. I accept that this legislation will pass at some stage. But, Mr Speaker, in the last few months the Labor Party has been over to this side of the chamber and has been to my office talking about no-confidence motions because this Government has not followed due process on different things. The Chief Minister on Bruce Stadium, for example; they did not follow due process.

Here we are faced with the situation where the scrutiny of Bills committee has placed a report on the table. There are some significant issues in there. Mr Stanhope and Mr Warne may disagree with some of the issues, Mr Speaker. That is fine.

MR SPEAKER: Ministers should be addressed by their proper title, Mr Osborne.

MR OSBORNE: I am sorry; Mr Moore. Mr Speaker, this committee has identified a number of problems. It was only a fortnight ago that the Labor Party members were speaking to me and to Mr Rugendyke about the road transport legislation because the scrutiny of Bills committee highlighted a number of problems with that. I had the same conversation with Mr Smyth as I have had or we have had with Mr Moore in this chamber. Mr Smyth came and said, "Look, they are not a problem. We have got it answered here. We have got it answered there". The Labor Party members were around here saying to me, "We haven't had enough time; there are issues here", and we adjourned it, Mr Speaker. We have set a precedent. But because there is a desire on the part of Mr Stanhope, who really does not know what he wants on this issue, to get this thing off the table today and because Mr Moore wants to beat New South Wales, we are rushing through and we are just completely ignoring the proper process.

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