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must be placed in a secure box for collection and analysis by an approved analyst. Analytical technology has come a long way since the act commenced almost 30 years ago. The senior analysts at the ACT Analytical Laboratory approved to conduct analyses under the act no longer personally carry out each step of the analysis procedures. They generally remove the sample from the secure box, pass it on to another person who prepares the sample and places it in an instrument known as a gas liquid chromatogram. The instrument analyses the sample and produces a graph which is interpreted by the approved analyst and certified.

The bill updates procedures in the act by removing the requirement that the analysis be personally conducted by an approved analyst and replaces it with a requirement that the approved analyst arrange for the analysis to occur at an approved laboratory. The approved analyst will continue to check the results and certify them. I thank members for their support of the bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Hargreaves) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Pro Hart—death

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (5.00): It is appropriate, in view of the news that Pro Hart has passed away, to make some mention of his contribution to Australian art. In my capacity as the opposition’s spokesman on art matters, I will make a few remarks in relation to this distinguished Australian artist.

Mr Hart, who reached the age of 77, was suffering from the debilitating motor neurone disease which prevented the use of his hands or legs. It had brought an end to his capacity to paint or sculpt. Interestingly, an exhibition and sale of works from his private collection was recently opened at his gallery in Broken Hill, the first and only exhibition of his works ever to be held there. Since its opening, approximately three-quarters of Mr Hart’s private collection has been sold. According to reports, the response was so overwhelming that enthusiastic collectors were queued outside the gallery’s doors over half an hour before they opened.

This is but a small indication of his enormous public appeal, particularly in Australia but also throughout the world. This appeal was a product of several factors. One major factor behind his popularity was the fact that people could readily relate to Pro Hart, whose background and personality were very much common to the Australian story. Despite never being a favourite of the literati and the Australian art scene, Mr Hart’s work dealt

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