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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (13 May) . . Page.. 1392..


This is a great outcome for our city, but we still have more work to be done. We need to look at the experiences of New South Wales in particular, following the passage of a number of their alcohol-related reforms, and understand what has occurred in New South Wales and whether or not there are lessons to be learned for us here in the ACT.

As I have said, issues around trading hours, promotion and advertising, outlet density and a range of other areas are the key areas of focus for us as we continue to work towards a safer community with less alcohol-related crime on our streets so that people can go out and enjoy a good time at night in a beautiful city like Canberra.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Paper

Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Standing order 191—Amendments—Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, dated 12 May 2014.

Privilege

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before going further, I would like to make a statement in relation to a letter that I received from Mr Coe on 7 May giving notice of a possible breach of privilege concerning allegations that confidential proceedings of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment, Territory and Municipal Services had been released to Mr Corbell. Upon receiving the letter, I subsequently wrote to the committee pursuant to standing order 242 seeking their views as to whether the matter raised by Mr Coe had substantially interfered with their inquiry. I also asked the committee to seek to discover the source of the alleged release of confidential proceedings, and the committee reported on that matter earlier today.

The committee was unable to discover the source of the alleged release of information, and the committee was also unable to agree on whether the alleged disclosure had interfered with the committee.

Under the provisions of standing order 276 I must determine as soon as practicable whether or not the matter merits precedence over other business. If, in my opinion, the matter does merit precedence I must inform the Assembly of the decision and the member who raised the matter may move a motion without notice and forthwith to refer the matter to a select committee appointed by the Assembly for that purpose.

If, in my opinion, the matter does not merit precedence, I must inform the member in writing and may also inform the Assembly of this decision. I am not required to judge whether or not there has been a breach of privilege or any contempt of the Assembly. I can only judge whether the matter merits precedence.


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