Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 2964..
That the following amendment be made to the standing and temporary orders of the Assembly:
Insert proposed new standing order 229C:
"Proceedings and sittings of committees
229C A committee may conduct proceedings in any of the following ways:
(i) in private meeting;
(ii) by the hearing of witnesses (for the taking of evidence), either in public or in private; and
(iii) in any other form in accordance with the standing orders and practices relating to the conduct of committees of the Assembly.".
This new standing order merely clears up and cleans up some of the language and the practices around the conduct of standing committee meetings and meetings of select committees in terms of how to conduct them in private, the hearing of witnesses and "any other form in accordance with the standing orders and practices relating to the conduct of committees of the Assembly". We want to be able to make sure that people can go out into the community and conduct committee meetings and hearings and have those meetings in the community attract parliamentary privilege. I commend the motion to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—inquiry
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.16): I move:
That, if the Assembly is not sitting when the Attorney-General has received a report from the Human Rights Commissioner on her inquiry into Bimberi Youth Justice Centre, the Attorney-General may send the report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its publishing and circulation.
Further to the Assembly's decision last week which agreed to adjust the reporting date for the Human Rights Commission's report into youth detention and youth justice services, a question was raised in debate about the impact of that in relation to any protections granted to the commission's report and whether it would be provided to me out of session. It would be if the commission provides it to me by the advised reporting date.
As a result, the Assembly resolved that the Clerk or the Speaker provide advice on that matter. That advice has been forthcoming. That is why we are now moving this