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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 794..


Latimer House principles

Amendment

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (4.53): I move:

That Continuing Resolution 8A relating to the Latimer House Principles be amended by inserting a new paragraph (2A):

"(2A) In the second year after a general election, following consultation with the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, the Speaker shall appoint a suitably qualified person to conduct an assessment of the implementation of the Latimer House Principles in the governance of the ACT with the resultant report:

(a) to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the Speaker; and

(b) to be referred to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for inquiry and report.".

This motion relates to a recommendation from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure inquiry and report on Latimer House principles, which recommended that continuing resolution 8A be amended, as the motion states on the notice paper, by inserting new paragraph 2A. I will just read out the recommendation:

(2A) In the second year after a general election, following consultation with the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, the Speaker shall appoint a suitably qualified person to conduct and assessment of the implementation of the Latimer House Principles in the governance of the ACT, with the resultant report:

(a) to be tabled in the legislative assembly by the Speaker; and

(b) to be referred to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for enquiry report.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (4.54): The government will be supporting this motion. We see utility in the process that allows for review of the principles, now sitting in the standing orders, that are a reiteration of those established by the Latimer House process. We have supported these through our agreement with the cross-bench party in relation to implementation in the standing orders of this place, and we are pleased to support a process that will allow for review through the mechanisms the amendment outlines.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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