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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3689..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

A good example is the inquiry at the moment into education of children with a disability. There is obviously a lot of overlap between Health and Education. Health takes responsibility for some of the therapeutic support for children in schools. It has been highlighted very clearly in this committee process that that is a problem.

There is definitely a discussion to be had about how we do have the committees and the work described - terms of reference and so on - at the moment. But I do also see some flexibility in how we can work within that. I do not see it as a total major obstacle to do the sort of work that I believe we need to be able to do in committees.

Mr Humphries is worried about recreation and sport. He said sport has a bigger budget. That is the Government's approach for you. Something has a bigger budget; therefore, it has greater importance. People in the community might challenge that and there are other ways of looking at the value of things other than the size of the budget. Anyway, I think recreation can cover sport.

MR QUINLAN (11.36), in reply: I thank members for their support, I think. Obviously the titles of the committees cannot embrace every matter that will fall within the purview of the committee. I set out to ensure that we had a fairly seamless transition from the committee structure that we had before the administrative changes to the one that we have now.

I have no argument with either Ms Tucker or Mr Kaine in relation to the possible need to review further. This change is intended purely to ensure that the committee structure that we have today matches the administrative orders that we have today. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

URBAN SERVICES - STANDING COMMITTEE

Report on Motor Traffic (Amendment) Bill (No. 4) 1998

MR HIRD (11.37): As Chairman of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, I present report No. 37 entitled "Motor Traffic (Amendment) Bill (No. 4) 1998", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of the proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

This report looks at the proposed amendments to the Motor Traffic Act to deal with the problems of what are known as "burnouts" and "street racing". The principal amendment is contained in a private members Bill by our colleague Mr Dave Rugendyke, but other amendments are made by our colleague Mr Hargreaves and the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Smyth. The report deals with all three, and in writing the report we have tried to keep it completely fair. We have listed the main features of the amendments, starting with those of our colleague Mr Rugendyke, then with those of the Minister and, finally, with those of our colleague Mr Hargreaves.


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