Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 31 March 2009) . . Page.. 1545 ..
outlaw motorcycle gangs in our community. We have seen debate nationally about the violence and the very obvious and disturbing violence that is occurring, unfortunately, on a regular basis in Sydney that involves outlaw motorcycle gangs and we have seen debate around the country, in different jurisdictions, about whether or not there is a need to increase police powers in relation to dealing with this element of organised crime.
What I hope to propose to the Assembly today is a very straightforward motion which simply indicates that there should be a detailed assessment provided to the Assembly on the nature and operation of existing territory laws to combat organised crime groups and any proposed review that may be required or is underway in relation to such laws, to provide information to the Assembly on issues arising—
Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: first of all, the minister is speaking to the motion but I would not—
Mr Hargreaves: Stop the clock.
MR SPEAKER: Clerk, stop the clock, please.
Mrs Dunne: Could I actually apologise to the Assembly. There was a miscommunication between Mr Hanson and me and a misunderstanding about the leave. Could I withdraw our lack of leave and can we cut to the chase?
MR SPEAKER: Probably not but we can probably cut short the suspension of standing orders debate on that basis.
MR CORBELL: I thank the Liberal Party for their apology and I welcome the change of tack. I was going to go on to outline the reasons why this motion is important and the issues that I believed needed to be addressed today. Given that the Liberal Party are now indicating that they will support a suspension of standing orders, I will leave those matters for the debate itself and I will simply thank the Liberal Party at least—I do not think the Greens are supportive of this motion—for their willingness to allow me to move this motion and then have it dealt with subsequently, I understand, later this sitting.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.51): On the suspension of standing orders, I do apologise to the Assembly. There were discussions about two or three courses of action on this this morning and I obviously was at the penultimate plan rather than the ultimate plan. I apologise to members for that. My understanding is that the minister will move his motion today and then it will be adjourned and debated cognately with Mr Hanson’s motion tomorrow.
Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.51): I thank the Assembly. I move:
That this Assembly: