Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 762 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

their money elsewhere. It is not just big investors either. We are talking about little people too, and that is what worries me.

We almost got there. Labor knew that we, on this side of the house, had particular concerns at the prospect that tenants would be able to undertake what I call a double whammy. Not only would tenants be able to claim rights under the tenants preference provisions, but they would also be able to claim redress through market rent review procedures. That far exceeded any provision that existed in any other state or territory, including South Australia.

The government was led to believe that Labor accepted our position. Even when Mr Stanhope voted against the government amendments, he indicated that he had his own amendment there with which he would proceed at a later stage, and which would have a similar effect.

Unfortunately, Mr Speaker, Labor did a complete backflip on this matter. Those opposite reneged on an undertaking that they had given to everyone involved and I think that was just disgraceful.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr Stanhope: I gave no undertakings to anyone.

MR STEFANIAK: What about the property council, mate? Even the tenants thought you were going to do that.

MR SPEAKER: Please, Mr Stanhope, Mr Minister, be quiet. We have a point of order.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, the minister is clearly reflecting on a vote of the Assembly. The decision of last night that he is criticising is actually a decision of the Assembly, Mr Speaker, and he is clearly reflecting on the vote taken less than 12 hours ago. You should rule him out of order.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, I have not heard him reflect on a decision of the Assembly.

Mr Corbell: He did.

MR SPEAKER: He was referring-

Mr Hird: No he did not.

Mr Humphries: He was reflecting on your position.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment.

Mr Corbell: No that was not our position. With all due respect to the Chief Minister, it is not solely our position. It is the position of the Assembly as adopted by a vote last night.

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .