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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2402..


Privileges-Select Committee

Alteration to reporting date

MS TUCKER (10.34): I seek leave to move a motion to alter the reporting date of the Select Committee on Privileges.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move

That the resolution of the Assembly of 6 June 2002, concerning the establishment of the Select Committee on Privileges be amended by omitting "by 20 August 2002" and substituting "by 12 November 2002".

This committee is conscious of its responsibilities to examine a difficult and sensitive matter thoroughly and carefully. It has proved impossible to complete this inquiry in the time available to it. There was some delay in receiving essential information required by the committee and held by the Australian Federal Police. In addition, a person to whom the committee needed to speak was unavailable for much of the winter recess.

In seeking this extension of time to report, the committee is subject to competing pressure. On the one hand, we recognise that, in a matter such as this, it is desirable that its report that should be tabled in the Assembly, not published out of session. At the same time, we are conscious of the need to resolve this matter without unnecessary delay. Thus, we ask the Assembly to include in the resolution the option of presenting the report to the Speaker, should it be completed prior to the proposed new reporting date.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report No 5

MRS DUNNE (10.36): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report No 5-Draft Variation No 189 to the Territory Plan-Commercial B2A Civic Centre Land Use Policy (Precinct B1), Community Facility Sites and Other Minor Changes, dated 14 August 2002.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, this is the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment and relates to the important Civic development colloquially known as section 56. The committee received the draft variation on this in April this year.


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