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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3711 ..

MR RUGENDYKE (continuing):

with the mess caused by the greed of the banks and financial institutions. It is no secret that low income earners are the most vulnerable, and they are being targeted. Let's intervene now to stop trends like young people being burdened with huge credit debts in the early stages of their working careers.

If the Assembly accepts the argument that we cannot pass this bill today because a public servant in Queensland said so, we seriously have to look at the direction this parliament is taking and our involvement in these national regulations. We are elected to represent the ACT, and we have a monumental problem if we are dictated to by a Queensland public servant. This agreement should not preclude us from passing this commonsense legislation that is totally consistent with the existing credit laws.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Clause 1.

Question (by Mr Stefaniak ) put:

That the debate be now adjourned.

The Assembly voted-

 	Ayes, 14  		Noes, 3

 Mr Berry  	Mr Kaine  	Mr Osborne
 Mrs Burke  	Mr Moore  	Mr Rugendyke  
 Mr Corbell  	Mr Quinlan  	Ms Tucker
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Smyth    
 Mr Hargreaves   Mr Stanhope
 Mr Hird  	Mr Stefaniak    
 Mr Humphries  	Mr Wood  
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.

Suspension of standing order 76

Motion (by Mr Moore ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of this sitting.

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