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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 664..


Motion (by Mr Smyth) agreed to:

That the order of the day be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992—Select Committee

Establishment

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) (4.22), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the public position of the Labor Government and the Liberal Opposition that the membership of the Legislative Assembly be expanded to 25 members at the 2016 election;

(b) certain provisions of the Electoral Act 1992 will require amendment as a result of this change;

(c) the recent High Court decision, Unions NSW & Ors v NSW, and that this decision also has implications for the operation of the Electoral Act 1992; and

(d) the Elections ACT's Report on the ACT Legislative Assembly Election 2012 contains a number of recommendations pertaining to the Electoral Act 1992; and

(2) resolves:

(a) that a Select Committee be established to inquire into the above matters and any related issues;

(b) that the committee will be comprised of one member of the Government, one member of the Opposition and one member representing the ACT Greens with proposed members to be nominated to the Speaker by 6pm this sitting day; and

(c) the committee report by the last day of June 2014.

Members, I am moving this motion today following discussion amongst the respective parties about the desirability of looking into the required legislative changes and associated matters that will be needed to effect a potential transition to an enlarged Assembly of 25 members.

Given the public position of the Labor government and the recently announced position, again publicly, by the Liberal opposition, it is clear that there is majority support in this place to expand the size of the Assembly to 25 members at the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election.


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