Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1400..
MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 54 contains the committee's comments on seven bills, 22 pieces of subordinate legislation, five government responses and one regulatory impact statement. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Planning and Environment—Standing Committee
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.33): I present the following report:
In closing, the committee would like to thank the committee secretary, Nicola Derigo, and the officials and stakeholders who assisted the committee during the course of that inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.34): As the newest member of the planning and environment committee, I would like to make some comments on this report on the annual and financial reports of the agencies that fall within the purview of the committee. I take the opportunity to point out that we are starting to see a failure of the committee process in this Assembly. I think it is a function of the arrogance of majority government that people think they can get away with these things.
It has long been my view, and it is a view that I think increasingly is shared by other members of the Assembly who are not in government, or perhaps who are not in the executive, that the role of committees is an extraordinarily important one that should not be within the gift of the executive, as has been the case here. With respect to the planning and environment committee, we have two government members and, in its current form, one other member. What we actually have is a sort of nodding glee club for the executive.