Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 53..
to the self-government act and in relation to the size of the Assembly gives some quick illustration of the broad range and the complexity of the issues encompassed within the report.
The government, Ms Hunter, has been giving detailed consideration, over a number of years, to the need for the self-government act to be reviewed and amended. Dr Hawke has also identified that as an issue of concern to this Assembly or to this community. Indeed, some of my colleagues have discussed this issue again just in the last week in relation to an appropriate way forward in relation to some of the complex political issues associated with a review of the self-government act and changes to the size and the structure of this Assembly.
As you know, I have approached, over the last nine years now, each of the Prime Ministers that have led the national government in that time and sought their cooperation in a joint review of the self-government act. I have been unsuccessful in that. We have been looking for other ways forward. I believe that we will only achieve change in relation to the self-government act and in relation to the operations of this Assembly if there is tripartisan support. We do not have a preferred model. The decision, or the resolution, that I and my colleagues have come to after these discussions is that we would like to work with other members of this Assembly, most particularly the Greens party and the Liberal Party, to explore the possibility of a tripartisan, joint approach to a model for reviewing our self-government arrangements. (Time expired.)
Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Answers to questions on notice
Questions Nos 1339, 1342, 1361 and 1364
MR SESELJA: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Attorney-General in relation to question on notice 1339 and, while he is up, as the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, question 1342. I refer also to question 1361 to the Attorney-General and question 1364 to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I have signed off answers to those questions. I understand they are in the process of being delivered to Mr Seselja.
Question No 1346
MR SESELJA: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Minister for Gaming and Racing in relation to question 1346.
MR BARR: I understand there may be an error from the Secretariat, as I signed that off a number of weeks ago. I have checked that this morning, I was surprised to see it on the list. My office has sought clarification that the answer was provided some time ago.