Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1038..
MR WALL: I think it is only fair that the record shows that we had a couple of options, as members opposite have explained, during the deliberation on this report on the inquiry that the committee has undertaken. Mr Coe presented an alternate report, and, as per the standing orders, no agreement was able to be reached as to which report should be considered first. So in accordance with the standing orders, the chair's report was given precedence. It was then considered as a whole. At that point Mr Coe and I were given two options: we could streamline the process, knowing what the outcome was going to be, that inevitably there was going to be a differing opinion as to whether or not that chair's draft should be accepted and tabled in this place.
Knowing that the outcome was that we, as the two Liberal members of that committee, were not going to accept the report, we chose to streamline the process, save everyone's time, not seek to waste unnecessarily the time of members of this place, and expedited the deliberation by saying, "We agree with your report, the contents of your report, but we do not agree with that reflecting the views of all members of this committee."
That, in essence, saved what would be a couple of hours of time, Dr Bourke. You can nod and you can be smug about it, but inevitably it was the courteous thing to do to all members of the committee and the secretariat themselves. The situation we are left with now is that we have got a statement of the deliberations by the committee. I understand that there will be a motion moved in this place today to seek that the draft report be tabled in the Assembly. I think it is only fitting then also that the alternative report be tabled in the Assembly so all opinions of the committee can be reflected in a public forum.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.34), in reply: I thank everybody for their comments on this. I wanted to discuss the minutes for a moment, because there has been a lot of reference to these minutes this morning. Indeed, I referred to them directly in my opening speech and I indicated what occurred in the meeting yesterday in regard to voting on the report.
I want to read that particular extract of those minutes into the Hansard. In relation to point 6, inquiring into the Planning and Development (Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill, the minutes state:
6.1: the Chair submitted the Chair's Draft Report circulated on 1 May 2014.
6.2: Mr Coe submitted an Alternate Draft Report entitled 'Report: Inquiry Into the Planning And Development Project Facilitation Amendment Bill 2014.'
6.3: the Committee referred to Standing Order 249:
"If any member other than the chair submits a draft report to the committee, the committee shall first decide upon which report it will consider. If the committee cannot agree on which draft report to consider, the chair's draft will have precedence."
6.4: the Committee noted that the effect of Standing Order 249 was that the Chair's Draft Report would take precedence.
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