Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 720..
Ministerial Portfolio (continuing):
for the 2007-08 financial year. A number of reporting areas—for example, areas relating to the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, the Animal Welfare Authority and others—were allocated to the Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water. Those matters should have been allocated to the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services.
This matter has been highlighted because they still sit within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services and are not part of the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water. For those reasons, it is necessary to re-allocate some of these reporting areas to allow the relevant standing committee and the appropriate standing committee to inquire into these matters as part of the annual reports hearings. I commend the motion to members.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Standing and temporary orders
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.36): I move:
That the following new temporary order be inserted in the standing orders:
Order for the production of documents
213A (1) The Assembly may order documents to be tabled in the Assembly. The Clerk is to communicate to the Chief Minister's Department all orders for documents made by the Assembly.
(2) When returned, the documents (where no claim of privilege is made by the Chief Minister) will be laid on the Table by the Clerk.
(3) A return under this order is to include an indexed list of all documents tabled, showing the date of creation of the document, a description of the document and the author of the document.
(4) If at the time the documents are required to be tabled the Assembly is not sitting, the documents may be lodged with the Clerk, and unless privilege is claimed, are deemed to be have been presented to the Assembly.
(5) Where a document is considered by the Chief Minister to be privileged, a return is to be prepared showing the date of creation of the document, a description of the document, the author of the document and reasons for the claim of privilege.
(6) Any Member may, by communication in writing to the Clerk, dispute the validity of the claim of privilege in relation to a particular document or documents. On receipt of such communication, the Clerk will advise the Chief Minister's Department, who will provide to the Clerk, within seven days, copies of the disputed document or documents. The Clerk is authorised to release the disputed document