Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 572..
Ms Tucker: Okay. Adjourn the debate.
Mr Berry: Get somebody to adjourn it.
MR HUMPHRIES: I do not care whether it is done now or not. The concept of being asked to judge the content of a report when it has just been presented to this place is dangerous. Members have had no opportunity to read the 50 pages of this report or the report that dissents from it. They are being asked to judge the content of that report on the very first occasion. Are we supposed to be passing judgments on all reports that are handed down when they are handed down?
Ms Tucker: We can adjourn it. Fine.
Mr Berry: No, you can move to adjourn it. We are happy with that.
MR HUMPHRIES: All right; that is fine. You want to adjourn the debate. Okay, that is fine. If you want to adjourn the debate, that is fine; but the idea of doing this today would be quite repugnant. Are you going to move the adjournment or is somebody else?
Mr Berry: I cannot. Bill can do it. The Minister.
MR HUMPHRIES: Okay, I am happy. I have not read the reports. I would rather not be speaking today on this matter before I have read the report or the dissenting report. I think, Mr Speaker, we should ensure that a debate of this kind not take place today.
MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education) (11.58): Mr Speaker, I am happy to adjourn the debate. That is the normal procedure on a report like this. We can take it up at another time. It is also normal for the Government to be given a chance to look at the report and to respond. Accordingly, Mr Speaker, I move:
That the debate be adjourned.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I rise as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Urban Services and I seek leave to make a statement.
MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, the purpose of my statement today is to inform the parliament about the work of the Urban Services Committee in relation to the 1999-2000 draft capital works program. The parliament referred the draft capital works program to my committee on 18 February this year. We authorised publication of the draft program and