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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2457..


Wednesday, 23 June 2004

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legal Affairs—Standing committee

Scrutiny report 51

MR STEFANIAK (10.31): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report 51, dated 23 June 2004, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the report.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: This report contains the committee's comments on Mrs Cross's pharmacy bill, and I commend the report to the Assembly. I understand that it should have gone to the scrutiny committee before, but there was apparently a glitch with this one. The committee would impress upon all members, and especially those who have private members' bills, the need to make sure that the bills go to the committee. I will certainly be making sure that private members' bills go to the committee. I think it is very important that all bills come to the committee. I thank my colleagues and I thank the adviser for very quickly having a look at the bill. Accordingly, this is the report on the pharmacy bill. The bill should have gone to the committee earlier, but there was a glitch in the administration in relation to that.

Charter of Responsibilities Bill 2004

Mr Stefaniak, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK (10.34): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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