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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 5 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1541..


MS PORTER (continuing):

the Canberra Times chief of staff on Friday to inform him of the error that was included in the correction, so that he was aware and so that the record could be corrected. I would like to thank the chief of staff for the respectful manner in which he received my call.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 5

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 5, dated 30 March 2009, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 5 contains the committee's comments on five bills, nine pieces of subordinate legislation, two government responses and one regulatory impact statement agreement. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

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 so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the Financial Management Amendment Bill 2009 being determined during this sitting period.

I understand that the Treasurer has been in discussion with members in relation to this bill. The bill does require passage in this sitting. It is a reasonably straightforward technical bill; nevertheless it does require passage in this sitting. I understand that members have agreed to its passage in this sitting.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Financial Management Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 26 March 2009, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.37): This is a remarkably short and simple bill relating to Australia's goods and services taxation policy. I thank the Treasurer and her officials for the briefing that was provided to me at quite short notice.


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