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MR CORBELL: Members are entitled to consider the legislation. Mrs Dunne is there now talking away. She just cannot help herself.

MR SPEAKER: She won’t be any more because I have just ordered her to cease.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. This is a reasonable approach. In future sittings we anticipate that the second Friday morning will be used. The government’s legislation program is only now building in terms of the volume of bills and other matters on the notice paper. That is not surprising at the beginning of a sitting term of an Assembly. It is always the case. The government’s proposition today is entirely reasonable.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion agreed to.

Utilities Amendment Bill 2005

Debate resumed from 17 February 2005, on motion by Mr Hargreaves:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (5.20): Mr Speaker, the government has stated that this bill merely seeks to allow the same provisions for the maintenance of street lighting and stormwater drainage infrastructure, in terms of access to and authorisation to conduct works on private land, as is currently the case for gas, electricity, water and sewerage utilities.

Members interjecting—

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I can’t hear myself.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

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