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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 1986 ..



kept separate; that people involved in the bushfires do not lose legal entitlements as a result of the inquiry becoming a de facto proceeding of the Assembly; and that there are no questions or difficulties over immediately publishing the report.

I have picked up on recommendations of the clerk's advice and had this bill drafted in order to give specific legal privilege to the McLeod report. I also have an amendment at hand to do the same thing if the government chooses to proceed with its bill.

I do not think the question is about intent. The government's approach, through its amendments, may yet prove to be the best option, and I am happy to look at that. It was for that reason that yesterday my office actively supported an adjournment of debate so that we could all have time to look at the alternatives before us.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Women's AFL Team-success


(11.07): I move:

That the Assembly:

(1) congratulate the ACT women's AFL team, the Canberra Currency, on finishing third in the National Women's AFL Championships held in Darwin earlier this month;

(2) welcomes the sponsorship of the Canberra Currency by the Canberra Labor Club and notes the success of the Government's women's sport funding initiatives.

I note the absence of many members from the chamber and want that recorded for Hansard. I don't wish to call your attention to the state of the house, other than that it is somewhat empty.

Mr Cornwell

: Are you calling a quorum or aren't you?


: No, I'm not, Mr Deputy Speaker; I'm just stating my disappointment that people think this is not a serious issue.

Mr Speaker, the 2003 national women's Australian football championships were held in Darwin earlier this month. Over 240 players, representing seven states and the Australian Defence Force, participated in the competition that concluded on 8 June at Marrara Oval. The competition was the largest national women's Australian rules championship carnival since the inaugural competition in 1998.

The Canberra Currency had a good trip and finished third in the competition, losing in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, Victoria. They had four players picked in the all-Australian side, Mr Speaker: Alana Lowes, from the ANU; Mandy Bithell, Emily Diprose and Jane Leyshon, all from Eastlake. I should note, Mr Speaker, that Rebecca Goddard, a former staff member of Mr Wood's and now a policewoman is an effective driver of the profile of this team.

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