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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1392..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

2) investigate and inquire into:

a) current and proposed structural arrangements in ACT Fire and Emergency Services;

b) resource issues;

c) operational processes and procedures; and

d) any other relevant matters.

This inquiry is an important one. It is an inquiry that will be broad ranging in scope, as is demonstrated by the terms of reference. It will look at our past response to bushfire events and at how we are placed and how we have responded to some of the reports that have come out of those—what lessons have been learned and how we stand ready to improve when we face the next serious bushfire event, which will inevitably occur at some time in the future.

This will be the first opportunity since the 2003 bushfires for members of the Assembly to examine issues around bushfire management in detail. That is because there has been prevention—rightly so—as a result of the coronial inquest. This is the first opportunity. This is an important inquiry. It will take some time for the committee to go through all of this. It is broad ranging. I anticipate that it will be an important inquiry with important recommendations for the future of bushfire and emergency services management in the territory.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR GENTLEMAN: I seek leave to make a statement regarding a recent report of the committee.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: On 3 May 2007 I tabled in the Assembly report 26 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled Report on annual and financial reports 2005-06. I wish to advise the Assembly that there were two errors in the report: paragraphs 2.85 and 2.86 should have been omitted; and in paragraph 2.87 the word "further"should be omitted.

I seek leave to table a corrigendum to the report.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I table the following document:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 26—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2005-06—corrigendum, dated 10 May 2007.


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