Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3450..
MR BERRY (12.13): This report deals with an issue which was, in my view, little more than a political stunt from Mr Humphries. It was something that was doomed to failure from the start. I am sure that Mr Humphries now will grandstand or attempt to grandstand on the issue, but that will fail as well. Mr Hird showed us exactly what this proposal has been worth. His only reference was to the Brisbane City Council. Mr Hird tries to compare that with a State-style legislature which also has the role and responsibility of a city council. No other State-style legislature deals with it in this way.
Mr Speaker, Mr Humphries knows that this proposal that he has put forward is completely unnecessary. It adds nothing to the consideration of community issues by this Assembly, and it adds nothing to the committee process. The committee process in this Assembly has a long reputation, and a reputation of good standing for its consultation with the community. Mr Speaker, all the points that have been made in this report to reject this silly proposal are good ones. It was a political stunt from the start and it will be perpetuated by the Liberals. Mr Humphries grins in agreement. Yes, it was a political stunt. Mr Speaker, I want to see him go and peddle it some more out there in the community, because nine-tenths of the community, 99.9 per cent of the community, would be a wake-up to this silly stunt. It was nothing more from the start. Indeed, it was a waste of the time of the committee process to deal with this issue. It was a period of time that would have been better used dealing with something else. Mr Speaker, the committee has recommended that it be withdrawn from the notice paper, and I trust that Mr Humphries will agree.
Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries) adjourned.
MR MOORE (12.16): I seek leave to move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper which provides for the printing, circulation and publication of the reports of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment on the management of former sheep dip sites and the construction of Nudurr Drive.
MR MOORE: Thank you, members. I move:
(1) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has completed its inquiries into:
(a) the Auditor-General's Report No. 5 of 1996 entitled Management of Former Sheep Dip Sites, and