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MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

the debate on his amendment at a later hour this day. From a cursory look at it I suspect that the government may well be opposing what he is proposing, but I want to do him the courtesy of looking at his amendment and taking some advice from my officers in relation to it, rather than just jumping in now having only just seen it.

I thank members for their comments to date and I thank them for agreeing to this bill at the in-principle stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Debate (on motion by Ms Tucker ) adjourned to a later hour.

Estimates 2001-2002 Budget-Select Committee

Report

MR OSBORNE (12.13): I present the following report:

Estimates 2001-2002-Select Committee-Report-Broad parameters of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001-2002 ACT Budget, dated December 2000, together with the minutes of proceedings.

Mr Speaker, you authorised the printing, publication and circulation of the report on 15 December 2000, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 18 October 2000. I move:

That the report be noted.

Unfortunately, my speech will be very brief as I do not have a copy of the report. I will be looking for assistance from my colleagues on the committee; in particular, Mr Quinlan. First, I would like to make special mention of the secretariat in relation to this inquiry and the preparation of this report. It was one in which I was thrust into the position of chairman through no fault of my own. It was a bit like one of those movies where five people are lined up and four people step back that I happened to end up as chairman of the committee.

I do want to thank the people behind the scenes. It was my first inquiry with Judith Henderson and she was outstanding; as was Fiona Clapin, my trusty secretary from the justice committee; and Jenny Aked, who came on as a consultant and helped us, apart from Mr Quinlan, to understand what we were doing. I think it would be fair to say that without those three ladies-and, of course, Mr Quinlan-the report would not be quite as weighty as it is at the moment and I thank them.


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