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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 210..

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (10:44): The government will be supporting the motion. I wonder whether Mr Quinlan spoke to Mr Wood, the chair of the committee, about this. It was not so long ago that Mr Wood was saying that the committee was so overwhelmed with work that he was not able to do any further inquiries. Granted that this is an extension of a current inquiry, I am sure Mr Wood will be able to manage.

I have been speaking to some people following a small article on this issue in the paper on Monday. They are concerned to ensure that the retirement village they are involved with was not seen to be the one in question. The people I speak of are from Villaggio Sant'Antonio. They are very keen that it be understood that that is not the retirement village involved.

I was involved in opening a part of Villaggio Sant'Antonio about a year ago. Mr Berry, Mr Hargreaves and a few other members were there. All of us recognise the importance of these villages operating properly, so we are quite comfortable about supporting the motion of Mr Quinlan.

MR QUINLAN (10.46), in reply: Through you, Mr Speaker, I assure the minister that I spoke to Mr Wood before I put this proposal forward. Having agreed with him that it was the proper course of action, I wrote and advised Mrs Burke and Mr Rugendyke, who are the other members of the committee, of my intention. So they were advised in advance. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing committees

Alteration to resolution of appointment

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (10:47): I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 28 April 1998, as amended on 25 November 1999 and 7 December 2000, which appointed the General Purpose Standing Committees for this Assembly, be amended by:

(1) omitting "asset management" from paragraph (1)(a), substituting the following words "purchasing policy"; and

(2) omitting "government purchasing" from paragraph (1)(d), substituting the following words "infrastructure and asset management".

I have spoken to Mr Quinlan about this, and my understanding is that he is comfortable with a relatively minor amendment to clarify the way the general purpose standing committees of the Assembly operate.

MR HARGREAVES (10.48): Mr Speaker, the opposition will be supporting this motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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