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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1416..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

As my colleague Mr Corbell has said, we will support Mr Hird's motion, but I suggest, rather than move an amendment, that the Clerk advise all of the secretaries of the other standing committees to bring to the notice of those committees and their chairs the issue that we are speaking about today and for them to examine their own circumstances. Without wishing to change standing orders in this regard, it may very well be that there is some way in which we can introduce an introductory statement. I know not, but perhaps that may be the issue.

MR HIRD (11.22), in reply: I will answer some of the questions. Standing order 246 has been in the standing orders over the last three parliaments. Mr Moore would understand that only in recent times has there been some challenge and some query in respect of this standing order. I did write to all chairs of all the committees and brought this to their attention. The respective committees may care to take the matter up with the Clerk or the Speaker. As for the Administration and Procedure Committee looking at this problem, that is up to Ms Tucker if she wishes to raise it as a member of that committee.

In fact, the committee is doing no more or no less than what it has been doing over the last three parliaments. As my colleague Mr Corbell indicated, this is just a tidying up because the Secretariat had some concerns. This is the way to correct it, as was the case with draft variation 158 and 163. It goes until the end of this parliament. I look forward to Ms Tucker raising the matter for inquiry by the Administration and Procedure Committee. I commend the motion to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Report No 2

Debate resumed from 30 June 1999, on motion by Mr Osborne:

That the Assembly takes note of the report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Chief Minister's Portfolio-Standing Committee

Public Accounts Committee Report No 19

Debate resumed from 1 July 1999, on motion by Mr Quinlan:

That the Assembly takes note of the report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Chief Minister's Portfolio-Standing Committee

Public Accounts Committee Report No 20

Debate resumed from 1 July 1999, on motion by Mr Quinlan:

That the Assembly takes note of the report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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