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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2828..

The Assembly voted-

 	Ayes 8  			Noes 9

 Mrs Burke  	Mr Rugendyke  	Mr Berry  	Mr Quinlan
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Smyth  	Mr Corbell  	Mr Stanhope
 Mr Hird  	Mr Stefaniak  	Mr Hargreaves  	Ms Tucker
 Mr Humphries    		Mr Moore  	Mr Wood
 Mr Kaine    			Mr Osborne
Question so resolved in the negative.

Clause 68 negatived.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


MR SPEAKER: Yesterday, the chair of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services, Mr Hird, gave written notice of an apparent serious breach of the standing orders in respect of the release to the public of confidential information discussed at a meeting of the committee on 7 August. Mr Hird has confirmed he has raised the matter as a possible breach of privilege. In his letter, Mr Hird referred to an article in the Canberra Times of 8 August 2001, headed "No more consultation on Gungahlin Drive". The article referred to the deliberations of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services on its report on draft variation No 138. Mr Hird has also provided a transcript of a radio program relating to the matter.

Yesterday, Mr Hird brought a further matter to my attention in respect of the publication of deliberations of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services on the timing of the presentation of its proposed report on the duplication of Fairbairn Avenue. In his letter, Mr Hird referred to an article in yesterday's Canberra Times.

Under the provisions of standing order 71, I must determine as soon as practicable whether a matter merits precedence over other business. In doing so, I have considered whether the issue is one of substance and supported by the facts as presented. If, in my opinion, the matter does merit precedence, I must inform the Assembly of the decision and the member who raised the matter may move a motion without notice forthwith to refer the matter to a select committee appointed by the Assembly for that purpose.

Assembly standing order 241 provides, inter alia, that proceedings and reports of committees "shall be strictly confidential and shall not be published or divulged by any member of the committee or by any other person, until the report of the committee is presented to the Assembly". That standing order and standing order 242 give certain provisos and exceptions to the rule.

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