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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (12.19): I have a few brief remarks to close the debate. I thank members for the discussion today and the spirit in which it has been conducted. I am very happy to support Mr Coe's amendment. I think that he has found a way through, and I did want to highlight those particular issues. I accept the comments that Mr Corbell made around not necessarily predetermining the position because, as I flagged in my own speech, I think there are challenges in each of these areas. It is certainly not my intention to lock down a particular position but rather to highlight these particular points. We have some work to do to find the right balance between protecting the amenity of residents whilst at the same time promoting the vibrancy of our city.

It has been an enlightening discussion today. Ms Berry has very clearly defined her era with that list of bands and the reference to Footloose. It is an era that I can relate to, so I welcome those remarks. We have a serious job to get on with here, to make sure that people can have fun. That is what this is about—having fun, having a vibrant city where our young people want to stay and want to innovate. I think it is possible to find the right balance. I look forward to seeing the progress on some of these proposals and the discussion continuing in this place so that we can, collectively, find the right outcome for our city. I commend the amended motion to the Assembly.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services for the Eighth Assembly relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. Continuing resolution 5A was agreed to by the Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2012. The requirements of the resolution set out a transparency mechanism to promote accountability in the consideration of statutory appointments. The resolution requires relevant standing committees which consider statutory appointments to report on a six-monthly basis and present a schedule listing appointments considered during the applicable period. The schedule is required to include the statutory appointments considered and, for each appointment, the date the request from the responsible minister for consultation was received and the date the committee's feedback was provided.

For the applicable reporting period—1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014—the committee considered the proposed reappointment of four members to one statutory body. The committee has advised the minister it had no comment to make on the appointments proposed. I therefore table a schedule of statutory appointments for the period 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014 as considered by the health, ageing, community and social services committee for the Eighth Assembly, in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. I present the following paper:


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