Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3205 ..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
ahead. We need to second guess. We need to assume that they will support the establishment of a program. We need to just guess what the model should be and we need to go out and do it. We do not need to receive the report. We do not need to listen to the experts we appointed. We just have to do it.
This is exactly what the Liberals did with the $80 million of taxpayers' funds they expended on Bruce stadium. They had experts available, but they chose not to listen to them. They had reports available, but they did not bother to read them. They did not wait for them to be delivered before they went off and broke the law by spending moneys that were not appropriated. That is the Liberal Party approach. I guess they are being consistent. You have to acknowledge that they are being consistent. They say, "Ignore the advice you have. Ignore the reports you either call for or do not call for. Just do it."
That Mr Stanhope's amendment be agreed to.
The Assembly voted-
Ayes, 8 Noes, 6
Mr Berry Mr Stanhope Mr Cornwell Mr Stefaniak
Ms Gallagher Ms Tucker Ms Dundas
Mr Hargreaves Mr Wood Mrs Dunne
Ms MacDonald Mr Humphries
Mr Quinlan Mr Smyth
Question so resolved in the affirmative.
Amendment agreed to.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
MS MacDONALD (11.47): I move:
That the Assembly:
recognises the right of all workers to have a smoke-free environment;
notes that the Smoke-free Areas (Enclosed Public Places) Act 1994 relies heavily on key exemption criteria AS1668.2, which has been altered and weakened by Standards Australia;
notes the exemption system in place under the Smoke-free Areas (Enclosed Public Places) Act 1994 has created inconsistencies between the Act and the Smoke-free Workplaces Code of Practice pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989;
notes the increase in successful legal and compensation claims by people who have suffered passive smoking-related diseases and conditions; and