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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3815 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

force and effect next week, or within whatever time the process takes. There is absolutely no reason for delaying its implementation.

I am intrigued by the suggestion that here in the ACT-of course, the major impact of this legislation will in the ACT-implementation should be delayed. It is being suggested that the Canberra Times, the Chronicle, the City News, the Valley View, and the radio and TV stations, need 12 months to understand what they can and cannot say in accordance with the new legislative provisions for defamation-as if they are going to go out and start going berserk because they think they have now got carte blanche to make statements in relation to people's reputation and honour. I just do not accept that.

The legislation should be brought into effect now. Not a single good reason can be advanced for delaying the implementation of this piece of legislation. If you stand by this as good law, then stand by its implementation now.

Question put.

That Mr Stefaniak's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

 	Ayes, 9  			Noes, 8

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

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (7.30): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move together amendments 1 to 7 and 9 to 17 circulated in my name and amendments 2 and 3 on the second sheet circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move the amendments 1 to 7 and 9 to 17 [see schedule 2 at page 3904] and amendments 2 and 3 [see schedule 3 at page 3908].

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