Page 1472 - Week 04 - Thursday, 26 March 2009

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accountable for this—officials in ACTPLA will not assure members of the Legislative Assembly that, if they legislate in a particular way, they will implement that legislation. That is a searing indictment.

Who makes the legislation in this place? Is it the people in this Assembly or is it faceless bureaucrats in ACTPLA? The faceless bureaucrats in ACTPLA, by Ms Le Couteur’s own admission today, actually said that they could give no assurance that they would implement this legislation if it was changed. As a result of that, instead of staring them down, the Greens buckled. Instead of insisting, the Greens buckled, and that is shameful. I am deeply disappointed in the Greens, because they say that they are out there trying to look after people’s interests, and they failed to do it because they were stared down by some faceless bureaucrats who do not go to the polls. They do not go to the polls; we do.

As a result of being stared down by bureaucrats, it is unfortunate that today this small piece of space and time will not be given to the people of the ACT to fix up the mess that Simon Corbell and Andrew Barr delivered before the last election. Ms Le Couteur and all the Greens members, all the members on this side and every person that I have spoken to—whether an owner, an occupier, a lawyer who prepares documents, or corporation manager—can tell you what is wrong with this legislation. Simon Corbell was not listening, and this was an opportunity today for the Greens and the Liberal Party to make Simon Corbell listen. Only the Liberal Party is prepared to stand up for the people of the ACT who live in owners corporations. It is a great day of shame for the rest of the Assembly.

Question put:

That the bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 10

Mr Coe

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Hargreaves (Minister for Disability and Housing) for this sitting due to ministerial business interstate.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

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