Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 71..
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): For the information of members, I also present the Treasurer's monthly financial statements for the year to date ending 30 November 1995 and 31 December 1995 which were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.
MR SPEAKER: I wish to advise members that I have received a letter from Ms Follett withdrawing the matter of public importance submitted to me earlier this day.
MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to order, I present the report of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure on the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Bill 1995, together with extracts of the minutes of proceedings.
MR MOORE (4.28): Mr Speaker, I move:
That the report be noted.
Mr Speaker, I think it is a quite important move on the part of the Assembly that this very important issue now come back to the Assembly. As you may recall, Mr Speaker, the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Bill 1995 was tabled by me, and it was referred for examination by the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, which you chair. That was done before the Bill was considered at the in-principle stage.
Mr Speaker, I think the most significant recommendation of the committee is the first one, which says that this legislation be agreed to in principle. However, the committee then set a number of actions in place. It was the committee's view that we should move slowly on the introduction of the broadcasting of Assembly proceedings. One of the reasons why I felt it was appropriate for us to move slowly was my observation of the reporting of parliaments in other places. As far as most people in Australia are concerned, with reference, for example, to the reporting of the Federal Parliament, the only thing that happens in parliament is that there is bickering between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. About the only thing that is reported is question time.