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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 August 2018) . . Page.. 2475 ..

This bill is necessary to ensure that integrity is paramount in all land acquisitions. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.17): Before I move to adjourn the debate, I would note that this is the second attempt by Mr Coe to introduce such a bill. Contrary to his comments when presenting the bill, I note that, in the Lands Acquisition Act, in regard to declarations—

Mrs Dunne: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, please resume your seat. I will seek advice as to whether he can enter into debate.

Mrs Dunne: He can’t adjourn the debate once he has spoken during the in-principle part. That is my point of order.

Mr Coe: So he has spoken in principle.

MADAM SPEAKER: Please repeat your point of order, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: My point of order is that we are now actually having an in-principle debate, not adjourning the matter for discussion later. Mr Gentleman has now made an in-principle speech, and he will need leave, when we get to the in-principle stage of the debate, to speak again, and I am not entirely sure that he is able to adjourn the debate, having spoken to it.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Dunne. On the point of order, Mr Gentleman?

MR GENTLEMAN: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, I was interrupted before I was able to make a speech. Therefore I seek to adjourn the debate.

MADAM SPEAKER: That one will not fly, Mr Gentleman. I am just waiting for advice from the Clerk. Procedurally, what we need to do, now that the bill has been presented, is to adjourn debate. For anyone to make any further comment, you will need leave, but I think it is cleaner if we move to adjourn debate.

Debate (on motion by Ms Cody) adjourned to the next sitting.

Mrs Dunne: Could I clarify something, on a point of order, Madam Speaker?

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: When this bill comes back for debate on the in-principle stage, if Mr Gentleman wishes to speak in that debate, will he need leave? Mr Gentleman has already made two or three comments on the bill, two or three sentences worth of comment on the bill. Will he need leave to continue his remarks?

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