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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 7 Hansard (28 June) . . Page.. 2159..


The section 17 instrument relates to the Department of Urban Services. The variation relates to increases in funding for Interstate Road Transport and Black Spot road safety initiatives;

      The section 17A instrument relates to the Department of Justice and Community Safety. The variation relates to increased payments to the Commonwealth for the provision of Community Policing in the ACT.

      Finally, the section 19B instrument relates to new Commonwealth funding to the Chief Minister's Department to deliver outputs under the ArtsACT's Regional Arts Fund.

Mr Speaker, I commend the papers to the Assembly.

ADMINISTRATION AND PROCEDURE-STANDING COMMITTEE

Report on Operation of Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997

The following paper was presented by Mr Speaker:

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee-Report-The operation of the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997, dated 21 June 2000, together with extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

MR HIRD (3.47): I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, to move that the report of its inquiry into the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997 be noted. As members will be aware, the parliament resolved in March last year that the committee inquire into the operation of the act, with particular reference to the authorisation of broadcasts for Assembly committee proceedings, the continued restriction on the broadcast of debates other than those determined to be of landmark significance and the authorisation of broadcasts of proceedings to locations other than government offices.

Mr Speaker, while addressing these issues, the committee also saw the inquiry as an excellent opportunity to review the fundamentals of the act. The review was a chance to ensure that the act met the needs of members and allowed the parliament to take advantage of emerging broadcasting technologies. As part of the inquiry, the committee examined broadcasting procedures used in other Australian parliaments in order to ensure that the recommendations reflected best practice.

In short, the committee's recommendations effectively reversed the emphasis of the act. Currently the act prohibits broadcasts of the parliament and committee proceedings unless they are specifically authorised for broadcast. The committee believes that the act should allow Assembly and committee proceedings to be broadcast unless there is a decision by the parliament or a committee that they should not be.


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