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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3221 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

I understand that Mr Moore might move an amendment to minimise some of the potential damage by providing for a disallowable instrument, but as members in this place know there are quite long periods of time when we do not sit. So that would not necessarily work, because a disallowable instrument requires a number of sitting days to pass.

For me, no evidence has been presented for the need for this legislation, except that Mr Osborne likes to give police more powers. I will not support the bill.

MR OSBORNE (6.25), in reply: I thank some members for their support. We have been very fortunate here not to have had some of the violence we have seen at sporting events around the country, especially at soccer matches, where there have been a lot of ethnic clashes, though I believe there has been the potential at some games here.

In the last few months there has been quite a deal of publicity about crowd behaviour at rugby league matches in Sydney, . Who knows what the trend is? I hope that that never becomes an issue here.

Superintendent Alan Castle, the AFP representative during the Olympics, spoke to us. Having been through the Olympics and having looked at the arrangements, he thought it would be a good move for the legislation to continue. So the matter was raised by the police.

Mr Moore: Of course.

MR OSBORNE: "Of course," Mr Moore says. Mr Stanhope inferred that it had come from nowhere, but the issue was raised by the police. I thank members for their support. I hope that the legislation never has to be used, and I hope that we continue to be as free from violence as we have been in the past.

I understand that Mr Moore has an amendment, which I am more than happy to support. Once again I thank the consistent members for being consistent on different things they have voted on this evening.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (6.27): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move amendments 1 to 3 together.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move amendments 1 to 3 [see schedule 5 at page 3229].

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