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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (4 August) . .

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Remuneration Tribunal Act—Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly—Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2 of 2015, pursuant to Clause 6.1—Determination of Assembly travel as representatives of the Legislative Assembly—Travel to Republic of Taiwan in August 2015, dated 29 June 2015.

Members, in tabling the determination of Assembly travel, I have confirmed advice given previously by email that I will be leading a delegation of members to visit Taiwan during the period 17 to 23 August 2015. I will be accompanied by Dr Bourke and Mr Wall. My senior adviser will also be attending.

The visit has been made at the invitation of the government of Taipei, through the representative of the Taiwan economic and cultural office here in Canberra. I made the determination of Assembly travel after conferring with the Deputy Speaker. We agreed the determination was necessary in order to make it clear that delegates were attending, as intended by the Taiwan economic and cultural office, as MLAs representing the Legislative Assembly.

The government of Taipei is compiling an on-ground itinerary, including a range of elements that have been suggested by delegates. The government of Taipei is paying all travel and accommodation costs associated with the visit, along with other incidental costs, but delegates will have to pay any other costs not covered by the government of Taipei from their own personal pocket.

In planning for this trip, I have taken advice from the Clerk and the office of the Chief Minister, and the delegation is taking a briefing from the commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Delegates will take a further briefing, prior to departure, from the Taiwan economic and cultural office. I will report back to the Assembly in the September sitting period. Delegates will need to update their declaration of interests upon their return and my senior adviser will make a formal declaration to me as his employer.

Members, I was delighted that the government of Taipei extended this invitation to members of the Legislative Assembly. It will enable members to meet with key government representatives, visit a number of government, industrial and social facilities and services across the country, and strengthen the valuable ties Canberra and the Assembly have already established with Taiwan.

Papers

Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Ombudsman Act, pursuant to section 21—Ombudsman complaint statistics—Quarterly report for the period April-June 2015 and annual statistics for 2014-15, dated 17 July 2015.

Standing order 191—Amendments to—

Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2015 (No 2), dated 11 June 2015.

Electricity Feed-in Tariff Schemes Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, dated 10 and 11 June 2015.

Gaming Machine (Reform) Amendment Bill 2015, dated 11 June 2015.


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