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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4455 ..

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MR STEFANIAK (5.29): Mr Deputy Speaker, again there has been quite a lot of consultation in relation to this motion and I think the views of the various parties have been taken into account. I thank the minister for that. I do, however, make one observation. I am not going to seek to amend the motion to change the sitting pattern but I think for the twelfth time in the 14 years this Assembly has sat it looks like we have again managed to clash with the Prime Minister's XI game. Rather than jiggle this program-and the tendency is for the exact date of the game not to be set until about a month or two beforehand-I would suggest that we not sit on the Tuesday but on the Friday of the December sittings so we can go to that game. Might I flag that for the 2004 sitting program we have the sitting in December in the third week so we do not clash with the Prime Minister's XI cricket game.

But apart from that perennial problem we seem to have with the sitting program, the rest of it is fine. I think the 42 days programmed for sittings is fairly similar to the normal business program we and other previous governments had. Accordingly, the opposition will be supporting the sitting program.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 13 December 2002 to 17 February 2003 inclusive be given to all Members.

Water scheme

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections): Mr Deputy Speaker, with your indulgence I would like to read into Hansard a slight alteration to a statement I made in relation to water regulations. In case I have misled the house, I would like to point out that I have actually signed into law today a new water scheme as opposed to new water regulations.

Planning and Land Bill 2002

Detail stage

Clauses 24 to 36, as amended.

Debate resumed from 10 December 2002.

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.32): I move amendment No 16 circulated in my name, which amends clause 28 [see schedule 1 at page 4499].

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