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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 62..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

Planning Community Partnerships Team, ACT Planning and Land Authority, dated 10 February 2004.

Draft Context Report, work in progress document dated November 2003 and Draft Canberra Spatial Plan-Sustainability assessment.

Child protection

Publication of papers

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion concerning the publication of documents tabled by the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services in her ministerial statement this morning.

Mr Wood: Would the member explain his intention?

MR SMYTH: Yes, certainly. This morning the minister tabled a report from Commissioner Vardon. At the bottom of her press release she says that the ministerial statements and copy of the commissioner's reports are available from her office. The media have approached for copies of the report. I understand that they have the covering letter, which is the report, but are not being given access to the attachments, which they are concerned to see. If we have total confidence in the process, it is more than appropriate to authorise their publication so that the community can have more confidence in this process.

MR SPEAKER: The question goes to giving full protection to the documents. Is leave granted for Mr Smyth to move a motion along those lines?

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I move:

That the documents tabled by the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services in her Ministerial Statement this morning be authorised for publication, namely:

Children and Young People Act-Copy of letter to Ms Gallagher from Cheryl Vardon, Commissioner for Public Administration-Review of the Safety of Children in Care in the ACT and of ACT Child Protection Management, dated 6 February 2004.

Child Protection in the ACT-Ministerial statement, 10 February 2004.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ministerial responsibility

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mr Smyth proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

Ministerial responsibility in the ACT.


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