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The committee did, however, make three recommendations, basically along the lines of requiring the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to report back to the Assembly: firstly, by December 2010 on the progress and effectiveness of the Department of Territory and Municipal Services’ implementation of the Auditor-General’s recommendations that have been accepted; then, secondly, that the minister report back by the last sitting day of June 2011 on the implementation of the recommendations of the review of the operations of the Territory Records Act 2002, which had been accepted; and, thirdly, that the minister report back to the Assembly by the last sitting day of February 2012 on the effectiveness of the amendments made to the Territory Records Act as a result of the review and the legislative changes.

So in summary, record keeping is an incredibly important issue for any government, and this government is no exception, and I look forward to the changes that the government will be introducing into the relevant legislation.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.33): Thank you, Mr Speaker. Just to agree with the chair, it seems the sensible approach. The government have done their own review concurrent with ours. They have got some legislation and what seems like a reasonable path forward. So the three recommendations basically ask the government to keep the Assembly informed of their progress. In that regard, I thank my colleagues for all their hard work—and, of course, the hardworking secretary of the committee, Andrea Cullen, for her excellent work in putting this report together.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Liquor Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 24 August 2010, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.34): Mr Speaker, I had flagged with both you and the attorney that I would be seeking an adjournment today, but I understand that I will not have sufficient support to do that, so I will put on the record why I think it is appropriate that this matter should be adjourned, but then I will go on to speak on the bill.

The Attorney-General has told us for a long time, and we have been waiting for this since February 2008, that we would have widespread liquor reform. He has told us that we would face a brave new world in the liquor and hospitality industries in the ACT on the passage of this new legislation, and we will have in place new laws that will achieve the laudable objective of harm minimisation and public safety. On Tuesday, Mr Corbell engaged in a shameful rant against the Greens and the Canberra Liberals, because we wanted to adjourn the debate. Mr Corbell inferred that we were not ready to debate the bill. Well, he was right. The Canberra Liberals are still not happy about debating this bill, but it is not because we are not ready.

The Greens have their own reasons as to why they did not want to debate the bill on Tuesday. The reason that we are not happy about it is that Mr Corbell is not ready to

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