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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 455..


At this point I would like to highlight some of the recommendations made by the committee in this report. They include recommendations for the ACT government to investigate the creation of a sentencing council or its equivalent for the ACT and that the ACT government change its arrangements over time so that separate statutory positions are no longer performed by officers who, in another aspect of their responsibilities, are officers of the executive.

There are three recommendations to the ACT government regarding sham contracting, a recommendation that the ACT government conduct a review of periodic detention in the ACT, a recommendation that the ACT government investigate provision of sufficient resources to the ACT Human Rights Commission so that it can undertake a full human rights audit of the Alexander Maconochie Centre, and that the ACT government initiate a review of the Human Rights ACT 2004 with a view to making the complaints process more accessible than it is at present.

Madam Deputy Speaker, I thank my fellow committee members—Mr Gentleman, Mrs Jones and Ms Berry—for their input and contribution to this report. In particular and on behalf of all committee members, I express our sincere thanks to the committee secretary, Dr Brian Lloyd, for his much appreciated support and valuable contribution to the drafting of this report. I also express the committee's thanks to Mr Ghirardello for his support of Dr Lloyd in the production of this report. I commend the report to the Assembly.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.34): I take this opportunity to congratulate all members of the committee on their hard work and collaboration on this important report. It was a robust deliberation process, but I believe this report is a good example of how committee members can work together to ensure the ACT government is scrutinised properly. I, too, would like to thank the committee secretary, Brian Lloyd, Mr Ghirardello, ministers, their staff and directorate officials for their efforts during the hearings and in taking questions.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra Burns Club

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.35): I rise this evening to place on the record the significant milestone reached this year by the Canberra's first and longest serving club, the Canberra Burns Club. This year marks the 90th anniversary since operation commenced of the club in a town that has just recently celebrated its 100th birthday. This is a significant achievement and testament to the many hundreds of members, the staff and the broader Canberra community who have played a part in the club's long life.


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