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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . . Page.. 14..


MR HIRD (continuing):

The report notes some interesting departures in 1999-2000 financial year from the position in the Department of Urban Services in the 1998-99 financial year. In particular, we draw attention to the fact that in 1999-2000 the department had to bring into account such important assets as parks, stormwater infrastructure and roads. These used to be regarded as territory assets. However, they are now seen as departmental assets. Members will realise that this means the department has to provide for appropriate depreciation of these assets. This, of course, greatly affected the department's bottom line for the year.

I am sure my colleagues join me in thanking Minister Smyth and his staff for their cooperation in the process of examining the annual report and the financial statements. As chairman of the committee, I commend this report to the house, as it clearly indicates the effectiveness and efficiency of the department for the year.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Report No 1 of 2001

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 1 of 2001, dated 13 February 2001.

I ask for leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No 1 of 2001 contains the committee's comments on eight bills, seven subordinate laws and two government responses. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Surveyors Bill 2000

[Cognate bill:

Surveyors (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2000]

Debate resumed from 29 June 2000, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill concurrently with the Surveyors (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2000? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating executive business order of the day No 1 they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 2.

MR CORBELL (11.26): Mr Speaker, the presentation of these bills by the government follows a review conducted under the auspices of the national competition policy review of the operation of the current Surveyors Act. The Surveyors Act sets


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