Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 917..
MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):
In recommendation 4 the committee recommends that the public education activities at the materials recovery facility in Hume continue to be promoted and expanded.
In recommendation 5 the committee recommends that in future annual reports the ACT Planning and Land Authority better comply with the Chief Minister's annual report directions concerning the reporting of external scrutiny.
In recommendation 6 the committee recommends that the Assembly consider the benefits of joint inquiries by Assembly and counterpart parliamentary committees in other jurisdictions, including the commonwealth, in relation to matters that have both commonwealth and ACT implications. This is in line with the joint standing committee's recommendation in 2004 that planning projects affecting both territory and commonwealth planning policies should be better integrated. The Australian government agreed with this recommendation.
The committee is aware that many stakeholders are confused by the dual planning system or, if not confused, then often frustrated by the disadvantages and costs of the dual system. It is for these reasons that the committee is interested in discussing with the Australian parliament's Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories how parliamentary committees' reviews of planning matters affecting both territory and commonwealth planning policies might be better coordinated or integrated, or at least how some cooperation might be promoted between the parliamentary committees. These joint inquiries would have various benefits which are outlined in the report.
Lastly, the committee recommends that the Assembly resolve to permit joint inquiries by the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment and the Australian parliament's Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories in relation to matters that require amendments to both the national capital plan and the territory plan.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered that executive business be called on.
Financial Management Amendment Bill 2007
Debate resumed from 6 March 2007, on motion by Mr Stanhope:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (12.07): Before I comment directly on the bill, which I should say the Liberal Party will support, I want to comment on the rushed nature of its introduction into the Assembly. This bill, along with the Government Procurement Amendment Bill, was introduced to the Assembly on Tuesday, 6 March and was originally scheduled to be debated in the Assembly on 15 March, just a little over a week later. As is my standard practice, I immediately requested a briefing from Treasury officials, which was supplied to me on the afternoon of Monday, 12 March.