Tuesday 28 Septemebr 2010
Hansard of the Legislative Council
EDUCATION BILLS 2010
Mr FINCH (Rosevears) - I am curious, Madam President, if
Terry McCarthy has lost my phone number.
Ms Thorp - Through you, Madam President - I understood that
you had responded by e-mail.
Mr FINCH - It is an interesting process we are going through,
a submission by the minister, and I hear what the member for
Launceston is saying; we were involved in a meeting yesterday
with somebody who was keen to put some thoughts to us and
that person also had only just got the bills, and was trying
to work his way through the bill to give us some guidance
as to the implications the bill will have back in the workplace.
I want to get a real sense of that before I join in the substantive
debate; the second reading debate. So we thought that we really
did need more time. I want to be more cautious and I certainly
want to be seen to be more cautious, too, because in the aftermath
of what occurred last time I have a sense that maybe I was
not as forensic as perhaps I could have been about some of
Mr Hall - It sounds like the Launceston cabal happened again.
Mr FINCH - I do not know what you are suggesting there, but
I do want to be more cautious. I think the compromise that
is proposed by the honourable member for Murchison sits comfortably
Ms THORP (Rumney - Minister for Education and Skills) - Madam
President, I thank honourable members for their consideration
and their thoughts on this matter. I agree with you that this
is a very serious matter, and I do want all of us to be comfortable
and confident that we know exactly what it is that we are
dealing with. So I will move the motion as I have previously
said, but give the undertaking to the House that my second
reading speech would be as far as we would go and then I would
adjourn the debate. I would organise briefings, as far as
possible - I am not sure before or after at this stage, depending
on availability of people - probably before the second reading
speech, or even after. We can consider that as we go.
I commend the motion with the collective understanding of
honourable members that when the debate comes on we will only
go as far as my second reading speech and then I would move
that the debate stand adjourned.
Standing orders suspended.