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Liberals have a moan and bitch because they can’t get their own act together after 4 years of sittings

By Jonathon Reynolds 27 August 2008 25

ABC News Online is reporting that the Liberals are unhappy that Standing Orders in the Assembly were suspended and thus unable to introduce five private members bills.

Whilst the use of majority government to shut down debate or any assembly proceedings is in itself a travesty of democracy, but in this case the Liberals really do not have a leg to stand on given that notice of their bills was only given yesterday and from inspection of the bill titles none of them appear critical:

  • MR SESELJA: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Duties Act 1999 to provide concessions for certain people in relation to home ownership. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MR SESELJA: To present a Bill for an Act to provide for the development of the civic central area, and for other purposes. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MRS BURKE: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Health Professionals Act 2004, and for related purposes. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MR STEFANIAK: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Adoption Act 1993. (Notice given 26 August 2008).
  • MR PRATT: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Emergencies Act 2004. (Notice given 26 August 2008).

What were they thinking?

Given that there has been four years of Assembly sittings with ample opportunity to introduce new private members business why attempt to present these bills on the last possible day before the Assembly rises and enters caretaker mode at the end of the week.

[ED – On the other hand Deb Foskey is thrilled she’s been able to get her laws passed to protect activists from frivolous litigation, supported by Labor and Liberal]

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sepi 8:34 pm 28 Aug 08

I was interested in Bill’s adoption law – dunno what it is though – and we may never find out now.

cranky 7:02 pm 28 Aug 08

Pity they missed the opportunity to reverse the miserable law which stops motor vehicle passengers receiving recompense for damages when no-one can be charged with an offence/crime.

I would suggest none of the five bills presented have the importance of correcting this legal bastardry!

Thumper 9:36 am 28 Aug 08

I’m not actually sure what Mr Reynolds is on about, however…

Deb Foskey’s laws to protect activists from frivolous litigation, thankfully supported by Labor and Liberal, is a great step forward, especially against those who may wish to bully members of the public into silence over various issues.

jakez 9:28 am 28 Aug 08

Jonathon Reynolds said :

@Whistle
I did not lodge any preselection paperwork as I had decided not to proceed. Facts should be verified before statements are made.

That actually doesn’t contradict anything that Whistle said. A failure to do something on time can be on purpose or by accident/incompetence.

jakez 9:25 am 28 Aug 08

Whatsup said :

Its like children that leave their school project until the last possible moment.

I found that that worked quite well for me.

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