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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 51..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

As I said, I support this motion. I look forward to working on the committees with the rest of the Assembly. Thank you.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections) (12.16): I rise briefly to agree, in part, with Mr Humphries' observation in relation to laziness within committees. From my observation, the committees worked very hard but, I have to say, there were occasions when the odd member or two appeared to be lazy. Some actually became highly active in the committee only after working members had produced a draft report, and there were some less than exemplary incidents arising therefrom. I have to say that his party does have some ground, some credibility gap, to make up and fill in contributing to the work of the committees of this Assembly. I am encouraged by the words that he has put on the Hansard today.

MR HARGREAVES (12.17), in reply: I just wish to record my appreciation to Mr Stefaniak, Ms Tucker and Ms Dundas for the spirit in which the consultation process was entered into in the determination of the structure. I think it augurs well for the way in which we are going to conduct matters in the Fifth Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Status of women in the ACT-select committee

MR HARGREAVES (12.18): I ask for leave to move a motion to establish a select committee on the status of women in the ACT.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I move:

(1) A Select Committee on the Status of Women in the ACT be appointed to inquire into and report on the effectiveness of existing ACT Government programs including:

(a) their differential impact on women's-

(i) equality of opportunity;

(ii) economic independence and security;

(iii) access to and support of healthy lifestyles;

(iv) barriers to participation;

(b) violence prevention and personal and community safety for women;

(c) targeted support for women from specific groups within the community; and

(d) any other related matter.


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