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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3954..

Report on National Conference of Public Works Committees

MR MOORE (12.08): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 18 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled "Issues Raised at the 1996 National Conference of Australian Parliamentary Public Works Committees". I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the final report and is in three parts. One does, of course, think of Douglas Adams when one says such a thing. I think it aptly illustrates the efforts put in by the ACT Planning and Environment Committee in ensuring that the joint public works committees of Australia meeting has made a major contribution to discussion of these issues across Australia.

It was a very worthwhile exercise, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in ensuring that it was a great success. The meeting of the public works committees required a great effort on the part of not only the secretary to our committee but the whole committee secretariat. Indeed, Mr Speaker, you and your office put in a great deal of time and effort to ensure that the first meeting of Australian parliamentary committees conducted in the ACT Assembly was a great success. It could not have gone so well without so much effort from so many people who support this Assembly, and each and every one of them deserves appropriate thanks. I am specifically not naming anybody at all, because it seems to me that so many people were involved.

Mr Speaker, this public works committees meeting report will be distributed, along with the report from the environment committees meeting, to all the attendees of the conference and to the committee secretaries in all the other Australian jurisdictions and in New Zealand. I look forward to the ACT's involvement in the next meeting, which the Queensland Public Works Committee has agreed to host. I presume that will be in the middle of next year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report on Inquiry into Retail Policy

MR MOORE (12.11): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 20 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled "Further Retail Policy Measures to Maintain Diversity in the ACT Retail Market", including a dissenting report by Ms Horodny, together with the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

I think this is the first report of our committee that actually carries a dissenting report. There have been a number of times when we have presented to the Assembly reports that have identified a division of views within the committee, but this is the first time a report has actually carried a dissenting report. We were charged with looking at the

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