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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . .

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National laws often raise issues for the committee. Apart from anything else, they are often made under complicated schemes that govern the making, publication, tabling and scrutiny of national laws. In the absence of proper explanatory material, the committee—and the Legislative Assembly—has to take time to identify and unravel the various requirements in order to be sure that the national laws have been properly made. This task is made so much more difficult if there are no explanatory statements.

I urge all ministers to provide explanatory statements for any national laws that they table in the Legislative Assembly, and I urge ministers to ensure that the committee's requirements regarding explanatory statements, which are set out in a document on the committee's website, are met. It can only save time for all of us.

The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS BURCH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

I wish to inform the Assembly that during the applicable reporting period—1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015—the standing committee considered the proposed appointment of one member as chair to the ACT Radiation Council. The committee has advised the minister it has no comment to make on the proposed appointment.

I now table a schedule of the statutory appointments considered during this period:

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—8th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2015.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety relating to a proposed inquiry.

The committee asked me to advise the Assembly that on Monday, 22 February 2016 the committee met and resolved to inquire further into the Auditor-General's report No 2 2015 on the rehabilitation of male detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The committee had earlier received a letter from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts—the PAC—stating that the PAC had resolved not to inquire further in this instance and asking whether the committee wished to inquire into the matter. Following discussion, the JACS committee agreed that it would


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