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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 833..


Mr Moore: Two o'clock.

MS HORODNY: Well, 2 o'clock is better than 3.30 pm, I suggest; so there is not much democratic process happening in this place. That makes me very suspicious of what Mr Humphries has in this document, which, of course, I have not had time to look at.

There is a particular point that is rather distressing. The whole strategic planning behind the ACT 2000 document is now sitting very much in the Chief Minister's Department, and Mr Humphries's response says:

... responsibility has been given to the Chief Minister's Department to manage the Territory's first strategic plan since self-government. Such a function belongs, naturally, at the apex of government.

I suggest that that is an absolute furphy. I think the strategic plan for the ACT belongs to the Assembly, to the whole Assembly, so that there is a whole-of-community contribution to this supposedly very important document which, already, I have great problems with.

If Mr Humphries wants a reasonable response to papers as he presents them he needs to ensure that the distribution is fair and equitable. At this stage I am unable to say anything more about his response, except that I will be supporting Mr Moore's foreshadowed motion that no action be taken to implement this document. There is no way that this document should be implemented when people have not had a chance to look at it. There has been no scrutiny of this document because access by the community to the Stein inquiry was fairly limited. I do not believe that it was a process that was friendly to the community to participate in. That is all I have to say at this stage.

MR MOORE: I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 47.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR MOORE: Inadvertently, Mr Speaker, I have misled the house. I indicated that the Planning and Environment Committee already has an inquiry into the implementation of the Stein report.

Mr Hird: Will the Speaker accept your resignation?

Mr Kaine: Misleading. Resign.

MR MOORE: I hear members calling for my resignation; but I am not quite ready for that, Mr Speaker, with these things here. That was why I wanted to correct it as quickly as I could, before somebody beat me to it, Mr Speaker, and I was given no option but to do the right thing. Members of the committee had informally agreed to inquire into the implementation of the Stein report. For that reason, the foreshadowed motion I have circulated has been modified to make it a reference to the committee as well.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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