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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1159..


Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1.

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

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Alteration to reporting date

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (12.32): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion to set a reporting date for the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety inquiry into the Executive Documents Release Bill 2000.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 9 March 2000 which referred the Executive Documents Release Bill 2000 to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for inquiry and report be amended by inserting after "report" paragraph (1) the words "by 13th June 2001".

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (12.33): I will speak briefly to this motion. I am intrigued by it.

Mr Moore: I should have explained it. Sorry. I will respond.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, I think that is my only point, minister. I am intrigued at the minister's interest in the operations of the Justice and Community Safety Committee, an interest that we all share, of course; but I think there are aspects of the minister's pursuit of this particular interest that we can ponder over in our quieter moments. I will not go into detail about it now. I find this just a little bit bizarre, and I do wonder what the minister's real motivations are.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (12.34), in reply: Mr Speaker, in concluding the debate, I did speak to the committee chair and the other members of the committee because I am very keen to have legislation that I tabled 13 months ago debated in the Assembly. That really is what this is about.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.35 to 2.30 pm


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