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MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): I have a discretion in this, I understand, Mr Rattenbury. Leave is granted.

MR RATTENBURY: In his speech Mr Corbell referred to my commentary on the Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s “Guide for Framing Offences” and he suggested, if I understood him correctly, that that only applied to strict liability offences. I quote from the cover page of the web site:

This 2010 Guide for Framing Offences provides information to people who are drafting offences, strict liability offences, setting penalties, creating infringement notices … or creating civil penalties.

In suggesting that it only applied to strict liability offences, if that is what he meant, Minister Corbell misrepresented the document from which I was quoting.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 9

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Coe

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Doszpot

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Hanson

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Ms Hunter

Question so resolved in the negative.

Chief Minister—tabling of documents

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.47), by leave: I move:

That the ACT Legislative Assembly directs the Chief Minister to table, by 6 p.m. today, all government documents relating to the Government’s calculation of $10 million as the annual cost of the removal of the fee on part payment of motor vehicle registration.

Mr Assistant Speaker, we are less than a year away from the 2012 election and, as all members would know, truth is very important and honesty is very important. Indeed, the ministerial code of conduct says:

The position of a Government Minister is one of trust … Being a Minister demands the highest standards of probity, accountability, honesty, integrity and diligence in the exercise of their public duties and functions.

It goes on to say:

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