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Notwithstanding the presence of the federal government here, we have a responsibility to ensure that the ACT is a showplace. We have a large number of international visitors. We have the world media here regularly. We have heads of state coming to this city. The territory government needs to give Mr Hargreaves the necessary resources to do this job to the standard that people reasonably expect in our community.

It is the single highest priority issue that I have raised with me. Health runs in at second. But it is clear that this is what the people who elect us believe we need to attend to. The many letters of concern that are coming in cannot be disregarded. I certainly urge the territory government to heed the spirit and sentiment contained in the matter brought to the Assembly by Mr Pratt.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): The discussion is concluded.

Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Bill 2006

Detail stage

Clause 16.

Debate resumed.

Clause 16 agreed to.

Clause 17.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (4.36): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 9 and 10 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move amendments Nos 9 and 10 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 1665 ].

These amendments are similar to earlier amendments to include 16 and 17-year-olds. Amendment No 9 simply omits “a child” and substitutes “under 16 years old”. Amendment No 10 omits “section 17 (1) (h), note”. They are similar to a series of amendments that have already been debated. I will not labour the point in relation to them.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning) (4.37): The government will not be supporting these amendments. As Mr Stefaniak has indicated, they are similar to a number of other amendments he will be moving and has moved. They are contrary to the government’s proposals and will not be supported.

Amendments negatived.

Clause 17 agreed to.

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