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going to be consultation. I hope it is quick and thorough. I certainly hope that, if Mr Stanhope insists on the date of 1 October, any problems can be rectified. I stand to be corrected here, but I believe they would need to be rectified by 12 September, when we go into the caretaker period.

My attempted compromise solution is a far better one because it allows sufficient time, on what is a complex set of regulations and a complex bill, for what will probably be fairly detailed consultation, just to make sure that we get it right. This is too important an area not to get right. We are not just talking here about the nominal defendant issue. That, obviously, is a relatively minor issue in terms of the whole scheme of this bill. But in terms of a very different way of doing third party insurance, in what is quite a complex way and with significant and important regulations, it is important to make sure that everyone gets it right. I think we do need a short but reasonable amount of time for that. In all the circumstances and for the reasons I have given, I feel that 1 January would be a much more relevant and appropriate date than 1 October.

Question put:

That Mr Stefaniak’s amendment to Mr Stanhope’s amendment 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.

Amendment negatived.

Question put:

That Mr Stanhope’s amendment No 1 be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 5.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (5.53): The government will oppose clause 5.

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