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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3329..


MR HARGREAVES: I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 14 of 2001-Report on the International Conference on Regulation Reform Management and Scrutiny of Legislation, Sydney, 9-13 July 2001, dated 28 August 2001.

Scrutiny Report No 14 of 2001 is a report on the committee's attendance at the International Conference on Regulation Reform Management and Scrutiny of Legislation held in Sydney between 9 and 13 July 2001. Mr Speaker, this was a very informative and enlightening conference. I am sure that Mr Moore, with his history of interest in the administration of interstate agreements and his RIS involvements, would have particularly enjoyed it.

An interesting point was made by one of the staff of the House of Lords in addressing the issue. He said, "Why should we change things when we can just pick up the Australian model?" We were quite flattered that the House of Lords thought our model was a pretty good one.

Mr Speaker, rather than blowing our own trumpet too much, we took the opportunity to listen and learn. The committee secretary, Mr Duncan, has provided members with a copy of the report, and I urge members to ignore the pictures-I am told that our Deputy Clerk is in quite a lot of them-and wander through the pages.

Mr Speaker, basically I took the opportunity to have a slash at those people who say, "Canberra does this, Canberra does that and Canberra does something else." Really, these are nothing more than the utterings of some of our highly paid tourists who come into this town from other jurisdictions and pitch their tent on the hill. But I did make a point about the Interstate Agreements Act and the RIS. The report is interesting reading and I commend it to the Assembly.

Scrutiny Report No 13 of 2001

MR OSBORNE: I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 13 of 2001, dated 28 August 2001.

Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Scrutiny Report No 13 of 2001 contains the committee's comments on four bills-and quite interesting comments, too-and two government responses. I commend the report to the Assembly.


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