Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 176..
MR MOORE (11.58): Mr Speaker, as chairman of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, I wish to inform the Assembly, pursuant to standing order 246A, that on 2 February 1996 the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment resolved to inquire into and report on:
(1) the Government's 1996-97 Draft Capital Works Program; and
(2) matters raised in the 1995 State of the Environment Report, including the Government's response (when it becomes available), and any related matter.
I ask for leave of the Assembly to move a motion in relation to the reporting of the inquiries into the 1996-97 draft capital works program and the 1995 State of the Environment Report.
MR MOORE: I move:
(1) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has completed its inquiries into:
(a) the 1996-97 Draft Capital Works Program; and
(b) the 1995 State of the Environment Report
the Committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing, circulation and publication; and
(2) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
I think the actual motion about circulation of the reports is a fairly standard motion that we put, but I thought it was worth while to take the opportunity to say a few words about these two separate matters. The first one relates to the 1996-97 draft capital works program. The committee, in adopting that reference on 2 February, did so at the request of the Treasurer, who had written to us and asked us to report by last week. That was impossible, for two reasons. Firstly, we had not been able to look carefully enough at the draft capital works program; and, secondly, at that stage and until this motion is passed we would not have permission to report out of session anyway. It is important that this motion goes through and allows us the opportunity to report.