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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 11 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 3457 ..

MR OSBORNE (9.04): That was very painful, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, and this is painful, but I move:

That the debate be adjourned.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes, 7   	Noes, 4

Mr Cornwell  	Mr Berry
Mr Hird  	Mr Corbell
Mr Kaine  	Mr Hargreaves
Mr Moore  	Ms Tucker
Mr Osborne
Mr Rugendyke
Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.


Debate resumed from 6 September 2000, on motion by Mr Hargreaves:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (9.09): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, the government will support in principle the proposal to provide information to assist the Canberra community and members of the Assembly to understand territory laws. The regulatory impact statements can assist in understanding government rule-making. The proposal to make these statements available for public examination can assist the process further by providing information to the public, by outlining options, and by assisting the members of the Assembly to examine subordinate laws. Regulatory impact statements are routinely prepared for major legislative and policy proposals.

The bill is targeted to those subordinate laws that impose appreciable costs. It is appropriate that these receive proper and informed scrutiny. The administrative burden arising as a result of the bill is expected to be minor and will be assessed after its implementation. I believe the leader of the house has spoken with Mr Hargreaves about this. The government supports the bill. We have not had time to consider it fully, so we will support it through to the in-principle stage this evening and then seek an adjournment.

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