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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . .

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course, there may be others early in July and August. The committee is progressing a number of inquiries now and, given the work that we do is valuable and the issues are important to the people of the ACT, it would be a shame that a report that we want to deliver might get sandwiched into the last sitting weeks or indeed become available after the sitting weeks and then not be tabled or made public.

With that in mind, the committee has decided to seek the permission of the Assembly that as soon as we finish a report, if the Assembly is not sitting, we are able to send it to the Speaker so that it may be circulated. That may also have the bonus that if we finish deliberations on reports before the August sitting they can be released in July so that at least they can be commented on and the government may choose to respond if they are in a position to do so. It is a very simple motion, and I would seek the support of the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Trade unions—memorandum of understanding

Proposed select committee

MR WALL (Brindabella) (11.21), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the existence of an agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Unions ACT and the ACT Government which applies to all procurement for works and services by the ACT Government;

(b) the public concern expressed by stakeholders and peak bodies relating to the fairness of the existence of the MOU; and

(c) the lack of measurable positive impact on procurement by the ACT Government as a result of the MOU; and

(2) calls for:

(a) a select committee to be established to inquire and report on the impact of the MOU on ACT procurement practices for government and services;

(b) this select committee to consist of one member nominated by the Government, one member nominated by the Opposition and one member to be nominated by the cross-bench to be appointed by the Speaker by 4 pm this sitting day; and

(c) this select committee to report back to the Assembly by no later than the last sitting week of August 2016.

It is with delight that we bring this motion here today. It calls on the Assembly to establish a select committee to inquire into the use, the extent and the conception of a memorandum of understanding that exists between the ACT government and


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