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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3907 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

we will all drive on our roads in the same way. It is very pleasing that we will have these road rules up and running by February or March. Western Australia intends to have their national road rules implemented by March. I think Tasmania is lagging a little bit but intends to have them in place by October. But what an extraordinary achievement it is that nationwide we will at last all drive our cars in the same way. I do not think we can ever say enough about that.

Mr Humphries: In theory.

MR SMYTH: Yes, in theory we will all drive in the same way. There are some local variations, but no matter where you go you can expect to drive the same as everybody else will drive. That must add something to reducing the road toll. That is very important. If it saves one life in having the national road rules, then that is an outstanding achievement for the country. Hopefully it will save more.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the Assembly. I thank members for their assistance in progressing it quickly. I thank the Assembly for their support.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Suspension of Standing Orders

MR BERRY (8.20): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No. 15, private Members' business, relating to the Occupational Health and Safety (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1999, being called on immediately after the resolution of any question relating to the conclusion of consideration of order of the day No. 7, Executive business, relating to the WorkCover Authority Bill 1999.

Mr Speaker, the motion is a mere matter of expediency to save some of the time of the Assembly. The private members business I refer to in my motion is a matter which has been in this place since 30 June and concerns itself with matters similar to the WorkCover Authority Bill. In my view, one or the other should survive this debate, so it seems sensible to debate both of them at the one time.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

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