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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 266..


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MR HANSON: Scrutiny report 1 contains the committee's comments on three bills, 59 pieces of subordinate legislation and one regulatory impact statement. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Assembly sittings 2013

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.46): I move:

That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2013:

February 12 13 14 26 27 28
March 19 20 21
April 9 10 11
May 7 8 9 14 15 16
June 4 5 6
August 6 7 8 13 14 15
September 17 18 19
October 22 23 24 29 30 31
November 26 27 28

Today I am outlining to the Assembly the government's proposal for the sitting calendar for the forthcoming calendar year. The sitting calendar provides for 13 sitting weeks, which is the long-term average of sitting weeks in this place. In addition the government proposes and would highlight to members that the budget sitting will occur in the sitting week proposed for June—that is, 4 to 6 June—with the estimates committee hearing process to occur following that period.

I note the comments from my acting counterpart, Mr Hanson, in relation to when the estimates committee should commence its hearings. Whilst this is not a formal part of the resolution of the Assembly today, I can indicate to members that it is the government's view that estimates should commence on the Wednesday following the budget sittings. That would provide a full week from the day on which the budget is presented before the estimates committee commences its hearings.


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