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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3751..


Amendment to standing orders

MR CORBELL (12.06): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move the motion circulated in my name to amend the standing orders with regard to the certification of bills having passed the Assembly.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I move:

That, with effect from the commencement of section 28 of the Legislation Act 2001, standing order 193 be omitted and the following standing order substituted:

Certificate of Bill having passed

193. After a Bill has been passed, the Clerk shall certify a copy as a true copy of the Bill passed by the Assembly, and the Speaker shall then ask the parliamentary counsel to notify the making of the proposed law.

This is a motion which the Assembly needs to adopt today in relation to our standing orders. Members, I am sure, have followed closely that the Legislation Act 2001 makes changes to the way in which acts are notified. Section 28 of the Legislation Act passed earlier this year requires that if a proposed law is passed by the Assembly the Speaker must ask the Parliamentary Counsel to notify the making of the law.

Currently, standing order 193 of the Legislative Assembly requires that the Clerk shall certify a copy as a true copy of the bill passed by the Assembly and the proposed law shall then be presented by the Speaker to the Chief Minister for notification in the Gazette. My motion is to simply amend standing orders to bring our practice into line with the requirements of the Legislation Act.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Good government in the ACT

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services (12.08): I move:

That this Assembly reaffirms a commitment to good government for the people of the ACT.

Almost all politicians I have known enter public life with primary goals to do with building a better society, a healthier society, a more just society and a more equitable society or perhaps to serve one section or other of the community they feel is very important. When I say "almost all politicians", I include every member here today. There are some exceptions I have met before this Assembly.

It is an irony that I should be using executive members business today to make this speech. Executive members business, a unique creature of this Assembly, recognises the unusual role I have played in this Assembly as an Independent member and a member of the executive.


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