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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3339 ..

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.24): Mr Speaker, could I just clarify that Mr Berry has accepted the offer that perhaps at a later hour today I move all of my amendments in one lot and then bring his individual-

Mr Berry: Why don't we move that the debate be adjourned to a later hour this day?

MR SMYTH: The purpose here is to find a way forward. Mr Speaker, I believe I have majority support for the bulk of my amendments. To make it easier, I am suggesting that all of my amendments be moved together. I am happy that this be done at a later hour this day. I know that Ms Tucker has a few minor amendments that she wishes to move, and on a first glance I can live with those. I understand that Mr Berry would like to make a number of other points.

I think the sensible thing to do would be to deal with the major amendments. I will make officers available for Mr Berry, and he can then work out which amendments he wishes to move. I understand that he would like to move about eight or 10 amendments individually. I think that would be a better way forward. Let us determine where the bill is going. Then the individual tweaking that some of the members would like to carry out could occur at a later hour this day. I would be happy to consider those amendments then.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. As the Clerk has pointed out to me, this chat is all very well, but there is nothing before the house.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I've already moved that my amendments-

Mr Hargreaves: No you haven't.

MR SPEAKER: You would need leave to do that. You would have to consider the bill as a whole first.

Mr Berry: You have got to have leave and you haven't got it.

Mr Smyth: I have already sought that leave, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the house to consider the bill as a whole?

Mr Hargreaves: No.

Mr Smyth: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: One voice can sink it, and it did.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves ) adjourned to a later hour.

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