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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1874 ..

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections) (5.19): I agree with everything Mr Humphries has said. However, I will not be supporting his amendment because I need those two women at the end of the Assembly, and in fact-

Mr Cornwell: Discrimination and patronisation, I would say.

MR QUINLAN: No, it is not patronisation.

Mr Hargreaves: It is called grovelling, it is not called patronising.

MR QUINLAN: That means I have just been beaten up by them! The fact is that we have reports once a year on the contributions of the clubs. Mrs Dunne earlier referred to the possibility of an administrative nightmare, and we do not want to create that. This report comes out in about October. When it comes to 30 June next year, we probably will not know a lot more than we know now, unless we go through an administrative nightmare, which we do not intend to do. I will be very happy to revisit the extension of this bill in June next year.

Mr Humphries' amendment negatived.

Ms Dundas' amendment agreed to.

Clause 5, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Territory Records Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 11 April 2002, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS CROSS (5.21): Mr Speaker, the opposition supports good records management. We support this bill in principle, but have several amendments that I will speak to shortly. First, I wish to take the minister, Mr Wood, to task over some of the statements he made in his tabling speech. If casual readers of Mr Wood's speech had taken it at face value, they would believe that the new Labor government had recently developed this legislation, and that it was far superior to any previous attempts in this Assembly to implement a records management regime.

However, some of us know that the minister is trying to have a lend of us on this point and that he is, perhaps, being a bit mischievous. The former Liberal government gave a commitment, at the 1998 election, to establish a new records management regime. The Liberal minister in the last Assembly, Mr Smyth, undertook an extensive community consultation process to that end and, over a period of time, legislation was developed.

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