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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 502 ..

MR SPEAKER: Order! Can we have a little bit of shush, please. The lobbies are provided for people to use in these circumstances, so please use them.

MR SMYTH: They are probably discussing what I am about to reveal. There are references in the leases bill, which would come on after this, that are dependent upon the passing of the Unit Titles Bill. That is why the government is keen to do the Unit Titles Bill now. If the Unit Titles Bill is to be adjourned today, it would therefore be appropriate to also adjourn the leases debate, as one is dependent upon the other. I think that that is what is being negotiated at the end of the chamber at this stage. If the Labor Party is to move an adjournment to the Unit Titles Bill, then we will also ask them to adjourn the leases legislation as well.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition): I seek leave to speak.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Just to respond to the minister, it would be the Labor Party's desire, as my colleague has indicated, for the unit titles debate to be adjourned. Mr Corbell has actually moved that. We are quite content with that. As I understand it, the minister will be prepared. The Labor Party is ready to proceed on the leases bill today, but we are happy, in light of the comments that the minister has just made, to deal with the leases bill next Tuesday, if that would be generally more agreeable.

Mr Smyth: The leases bill? Unit titles first, leases second.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, I am just following on from the point that the minister has just made, that the minister's position is that, if the unit titles debate is to be adjourned until next Tuesday, that leases should be adjourned as well. I am just acknowledging that it is our preference for unit titles to be adjourned and, in that circumstance, we will, of course, accept that the leases debate be adjourned.

MR SPEAKER: Is leave also granted for Mr Rugendyke to speak?

Leave granted.

MR RUGENDYKE: Mr Speaker, I would urge members to at least consider debating the Leases (Commercial and Retail) Bill to the in-principle stage. That would give support staff, secretariat staff and other interested people the capacity to understand where all members stand in this debate, making the amendment debate much more reasonable and easier to do next week. So I would urge members to take this to the in-principle stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.

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