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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4226 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The provisions in proposed new clauses 9L to 9M are very significant. They go to the way in which the trial will be evaluated, the criteria for deciding where to place the facility, the responsibilities of the Minister vis-a-vis the committee, how the scientific trial is going to be operated and the timing of the trial.

MR OSBORNE (11.55): This reminds me very much of the heroin trial pilot task force and the committee that was set up to review its report. This poor attempt on the part of Mr No-hope reminds me very much - - -

MR SPEAKER: Mr Osborne, please refer to the member by his correct name.

MR OSBORNE: Sorry, Mr Stanhope. You can hardly claim that the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council, Canberra Injectors Network and Assisting Drug Dependents are balanced or are going to go into this debate with an open mind. It is very much like the heroin pilot task force. The Director of Public Prosecutions is the former president of ADD Inc., something I do not think the Leader of the Opposition was aware of when he put this committee together. I have no faith that the committee will come out with anything other than something that is very much in favour of drug law reform.

Amendment (Mr Moore's ) to Mr Stanhope's amendment agreed to.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (11.57): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a new amendment that has been circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I move:

Proposed new paragraph 9C(1), omit "16".

This amendment removes reference to the number of members on the committee. I have just added one member by my amendment. Also the Minister has power to add people or remove people. Removing the number 16 and just referring to "members" will avoid any problems.

Amendment (Mr Moore's ) agreed to.

Amendment (Mr Stanhope's ), as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Question put:

That this Bill, as amended, be agreed to.

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