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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3823 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I do not. The Government does not normally make regulations until a Bill is passed. If the Legislative Assembly changed the Bill, as is its entitlement, then the regulations would need to change. A lot of effort would be wasted in drafting regulations which may not be necessary or may have to be changed substantially.

Ms Tucker: But you can talk about the intent of the regulation and what you are trying to do.

MR HUMPHRIES: I am happy to do that, but you have not told me before just this moment, after you have announced your intention to oppose provisions in the legislation, that you want me to do that. For a person who complains about process quite a lot, it is not a particularly good process, is it?

MR RUGENDYKE (12.31): It had not occurred to me until Mr Hargreaves' amendments were tabled this morning that there was some discussion as to whether or not the Ambulance Service ought to be included under the umbrella of the Emergency Management Bill. Throughout the process of developing this Bill it struck me as being logical that all relevant services be included in the legislation. I recognise the difficulty that presents, as far as the AFP goes, in that the Chief Police Officer of the ACT is responsible to the Commonwealth.

As the committee has recommended and as the amendments signify, it is important that the Chief Police Officer be the controller. So I remain with my original thought that the Ambulance Service ought to be covered by this legislation. I therefore will not be supporting the amendments that seek to separate it from the Emergency Management Bill.

Amendment negatived.

MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 12.33 pm, the debate is interrupted, in accordance with standing order 74.

Sitting suspended from 12.33 to 2.30 pm.


Temporary Accommodation Allowance

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister, in her response of 9 October to question on notice No. 193 from Mr Corbell, stated that ACT Public Service executives continued to receive temporary accommodation allowance in accordance with the provisions of their contracts, yet subsequently on ABC radio she stated:

These entitlements aren't part of their contracts at all.

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