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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3872 ..

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.18): Mr Deputy Speaker, I make the point that if you put an amending bill out early, and you go out and consult property and get people to glance over it and help you improve it, of course you can bring amendments to this place before the legislation is passed, instead of having to clean up legislation after it has been dealt with in haste, as Labor does so often.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

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.

Building and Construction Industry Training Levy Amendment Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 9 August 2001, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR BERRY (10.20): Labor will be supporting this bill. Before the government gets up and protests that they are cleaning up the mess that Labor made, they should just remember that this is a photocopy of the legislation they refused to bring forward.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (10.20): The government appreciates the support of members.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (10.21), in reply: I am glad Mr Moore is supporting us. You can never be too sure, because he has 39 things he can disagree with us on. I am pleased he supports this bill.

Mr Berry, you probably should have picked that in your initial 1996 draft, but you did not. Thanks for supporting the bill. It closes one loophole and raises an extra $179,000 for training, which is good.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

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