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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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A key focus of the meeting was the increasing international focus of ACPAC and discussions regarding formalising the council's role in strengthening the accountability in international parliaments, in particular building capacity for the potential role that can be played by the long-established public accounts committees in Australia and New Zealand. This included ratifications of the council's international engagement strategy.

A range of other issues pertaining to Australasian public accounts committees was also discussed, including proposed options for a commonwealth association of public accounts committees, ACPAC's representation on the Australian Accounting Standards Board, recent initiatives undertaken by the New Zealand parliament on cyber bullying, including the New Zealand justice and electoral committee's report on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, jurisdictional approaches to following up on the implementation of auditor-general recommendations by government agencies and amendments to the ACPAC constitution, in particular amendments to provide explicit formalisation of ACPAC's role to implement engagement with the international parliamentary community.

The committee sincerely thanks the Victorian public accounts and estimates committee, its secretariat and the Victorian parliament for its warm welcome and hospitality in hosting the 2014 ACPAC mid-term conference. The committee also acknowledges and appreciates the hardworking secretariat of the Victorian Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.

Executive members' business—precedence

Ordered that executive members' business be called on.

Drugs of Dependence (Cannabis Use for Medical Purposes) Amendment Bill 2014

Exposure draft

Mr Rattenbury, by leave, presented the following papers:

Drugs of Dependence (Cannabis Use for Medical Purposes) Amendment Bill 2014—Exposure draft.

Medicinal Cannabis—Discussion paper, dated July 2014, prepared by the ACT Greens.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo): I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: For the information of members, I present an exposure draft of the Drugs of Dependence (Cannabis use for Medical Purposes) Amendment Bill 2014 and a related discussion paper.

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