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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 625 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

What this bill proposes to do is to give it power, real power, it will empower Mr Hollway and his organisation not just to advise but to act."

Mr Quinlan: If this is a personal explanation, do you think Mrs Dunne could just advise the house that she has been misrepresented, and that will do-other than have a complete debate?

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne has my leave to comment on a matter of a personal nature, and she is referring to it in a personal context.

MRS DUNNE: At no stage have I said-here or anywhere else-that the bushfire taskforce is not up to the job and that they should be sacked. On the contrary, I have been laudatory in my praise of the calibre of the bushfire taskforce. What Mr Stanhope said here today was a clear misrepresentation of what was said, and he should withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! You are not to debate the issue. You can speak to it in a personal context. You had the opportunity to debate it and you decided against it. Have you anything further to say?

MRS DUNNE: No, Mr Speaker.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Government response to report No 4

Motion (by Mrs Dunne ) agreed to:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Hawkers Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 12 December 2002, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORNWELL (12.20): The proposed amendments to the Hawkers Bill arose from a study by the Allen Consulting Group. That study was commissioned by the Department of Urban Services to review, under the national competition policy, the Hawkers Act of 1936.

As far as the amendments are concerned, the national competition policy review recommended that there be greater flexibility for hawkers-that is by removing character references, minimum age requirements and the number of people hired.

One could argue that, in 2003, these are probably archaic rules and regulations. Nevertheless, it did not give open slather. It allowed that hawkers still cannot operate within 180 metres of a shop. Any exemption allowed for that is a disallowable instrument for this Assembly's attention. Also pedestrian safety and parking will still not be compromised. That is the situation in the existing legislation.

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