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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1870 ..

MR QUINLAN: Okay. The block of land at Narrabundah for the petting farm. That was another one that you would never, in a million years on this side of the house, have voted for.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: that is untrue. I spoke to the petting farm people before the election and told them how to go about their business. He should withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: That is not a point of order-resume your seat. Mr Quinlan has the floor.

MR QUINLAN: It does seem to me that that is possibly the case now-either the spoiling role or the one-upmanship role. I know Mr Humphries' fascination for winning debates and not working, but I would like the house to consider this in the spirit in which it is put forward. It is to try to contribute to a change in culture, to a change in profile for women's sport in the ACT. I commend the bill, unamended, to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition) (5.04): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 1895].

I have already outlined what my amendments are meant to do. This is the first of those. If this fails to get up, then the others will lapse.

I will briefly explain it, once again. The opposition proposes the hypothecation that 0.5 per cent of the clubs' net gaming machine revenue should be put towards the women's sport objectives which are described and facilitated by the government's bill, and that it be possible for clubs to pool their responsibilities so that if one club exceeds, another club may take advantage of that fact. The advantage of this arrangement is that it does not deplete the totality of money which is designated for the community.

The money that goes to women's sport is, first of all, most likely a significantly larger amount than would be possible, or likely, under the government's amendments. So this amendment is more friendly to women's sport than the one put forward by the government. Secondly, it does not result in the depletion of the total pool going to the community. Although I am aware that the numbers are stacked against the amendment, I commend it to the house.

MS DUNDAS (5.06): Mr Speaker, these amendments show that Mr Humphries shares a number of the same concerns as I do about this bill. However, I will not be supporting these amendments because I believe they create further difficulties.

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