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of drug driving going on at that time had started to increase. The figures are there. The research was there. The NRMA had been consulted; many groups had been consulted. This is just a case of the government being embarrassed. It is yet another delay. They have been caught napping; they have been shown to be wanting in this.

We need to make sure that, when this is debated, people know the games that the government are playing over this matter. They knew full well that we were bringing on the move tomorrow. My colleague Mr Pratt was prepared and ready to go.

Mr Pratt: They’re playing with people’s lives.

MRS BURKE: They have been playing with people’s lives. Mr Pratt is right in his interjection. The government purports to care about people. I have yet to see that manifested. To sit on something this serious for three years beggars belief.

We ask the government and the manager of government business to show due courtesy. It is by your leave; I can read the blue as well as you, Mr Corbell. If you are going to change it in the future, you can have the courtesy to at least tell the rest of the house that you will be announcing something so serious. You are embarrassed and you have been caught out.

Motion (by Mr Smyth) proposed:

That debate be adjourned.

Mr Hargreaves: I want to speak against that.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot; there is no debate on it.

Question put:

That Mr Smyth’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.30): A couple of things need to be addressed. Mr Smyth tried his best—

Mr Pratt: And also your indecisiveness needs to be addressed.

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