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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) (Random Drug Testing) Amendment Bill 2009

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 5 May 2010.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.02): I think members are aware of the government’s concern that this legislation is being unnecessarily rushed. There has not been an appropriate level of consultation in relation to this particular bill.

As members are aware, in each of the last two days advice has been received, respectively, from the ACT Chief Police Officer who had not, until I contacted him, been invited to review or to express a view on the workability of the legislation which we are currently debating.

Mr Seselja: Why didn’t you give it to him?

Mr Hanson: Why didn’t you pass it to him?

MR STANHOPE: The government did, actually.

Mr Corbell: When did you seek the advice of the Chief Police Officer, Jeremy?

Mr Hanson: I tried to but I—

Mr Corbell: Last week? When did you introduce the bill? In December. A bit of an oversight, that.

Mr Seselja: What, the Chief Police Officer doesn’t go on the website? He wouldn’t have looked at it?

Mr Corbell: A bit of an oversight, that.

Mr Seselja: Why didn’t you refer it, Simon?

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members!

Mr Corbell: It’s not my bill. It’s his bill.

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