Page 570 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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were amendments which were dependent on other failed amendments. It has been very badly handled from the outset.

I will be watching the operation of this legislation very closely. I hope that all the bits now do sit in place, but I am not entirely confident that that will be the case. I hope that members will learn from this. If they want to have legislation which works more seamlessly, they have to be more open to admitting that perhaps the first draft was not the best draft and then going away and redrafting it.

I hope that this will be a good outcome, but the process has been appalling. There is the old adage about legislation and sausages. No-one wanted to watch the making of these sausages. I pay tribute to my staff. I pay tribute to the work that Clinton White has done on this. He has put in hours of work to make this pig’s ear something like a silk purse.

Ms Hunter’s amendments Nos 1 and 2 to Ms Burch’s proposed amendment No 22 agreed to.

Ms Burch’s amendment No 22, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 5 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion of censure

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (11.22): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Chief Minister and the Attorney-General have both repeatedly misled the Assembly and the public in relation to operations at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) with regard to:

(i) the AMC’s inability to receive prisoners for six months following the official opening on the eve of the ACT election;

(ii) the actual capacity of 245 which was repeatedly stated as 300; and

(iii) the drug testing of prisoners on entry to the AMC; and

(b) that since the fake opening of the AMC in 2008, there have been extensive failures within ACT Corrections, from the under delivery and cost

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