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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 317..


Tuesday, 29 February 2000

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MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY - STANDING COMMITTEE

Scrutiny Report No. 2 of 2000 and Statement

MR OSBORNE: I present Scrutiny Report No. 2 of 2000 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety performing the duties of a scrutiny of Bills and subordinate legislation committee. I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No. 2 of 2000 contains the committee's comments on eight Bills and 63 subordinate laws. There is a major report in there, Mr Speaker, on the Utilities Bill. I would encourage members to look at that.

Also, the committee still has concerns over the way that this Government is handling different appointments, Mr Speaker. Some members of the committee are becoming increasingly frustrated with the fact that appointments are announced on a certain date and they are not gazetted until a couple of weeks later. There is some issue about retrospectivity. I would encourage the Government to take greater care and perhaps look to gazetting the appointments on the day that they are announced just to save all the angst and the frustration that the committee seems to be having.

We did receive a letter from the Health Minister in which he indicated, as far as he was concerned, that it would not happen in relation to his portfolio anymore. I would encourage other Ministers to consider acting accordingly. I commend the report to the Assembly, Mr Speaker.

DUTIES AMENDMENT BILL 2000

Debate resumed from 17 February 2000, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR QUINLAN (10.35): This Bill is consequential as a result of the national vehicle registration scheme reforms introduced by the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999 passed in this place during sittings earlier this month. The Bill ensures that


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