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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (23 May) . . Page.. 1700..


COMPETITION POLICY REFORM - SELECT COMMITTEE
Implementation of Recommendation No. 8

MS TUCKER (3.58): I seek leave of the Assembly to amend my motion and to move it in the terms circulated.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move:

That -

(1) This Assembly calls on the Government to implement Recommendation No. 8 of the Report of the Select Committee on Competition Policy Reform - namely:

"The Committee recommends that the Government establish a forum to provide ongoing monitoring and advice on the implementation of competition policy. Such a forum should include representatives of community, environmental, consumer, union, business and academic organisations."

(2) This forum must have the power to:

(a) monitor the structural reform of government business enterprises;

(b) monitor the regulatory review process;

(c) monitor the development of Community Service Obligations;

(d) monitor competitive tendering and outsourcing;

(e) monitor any other matter related to the Competition Principles Agreement or the Competition Code as the forum sees fit; and

(3) The membership of this forum shall not be determined until all members of the Assembly have been consulted.

Mr Speaker, as I said yesterday, the Greens do not think these reforms have received the scrutiny they deserve. I have put forward this motion, with the amendments that have been circulated, because the Government did not respond to the select committee's report in a meaningful way. As I said yesterday, it appears that the Government read only the recommendations and not the body of the report. None of the serious concerns that were


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