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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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The breadth of recommendations adopted by the committee spans from administrative processes at the Assembly through to support for schools, funding for mental health services, master planning and housing analysis, rubbish stockpiles, superannuation liabilities, sterilisation services at the hospital, security equipment at the jail, heritage, tourism, the NDIS, light rail and much more. The report reflects the activities of the committee and I encourage members to familiarise themselves with the report.

MR HINDER (Ginninderra) (10.22): The committee carried out the inquiry over a number of weeks and I too would like to add my thanks to particularly the staff and, of course, to all those who contributed to the inquiry of the committee. I too would like to thank the other members of the committee for the way that the inquiry was conducted and the numerous subsequent private meetings to distil those recommendations into the document tabled here today.

Of course government members join with opposition members in the hope that the recommendations put forward here work to improve the quality and the breadth of work that is done in the territory and I join with Mr Coe in commending the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Burch) adjourned to the next sitting.

Legislative Assembly (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2016—Select Committee

Report

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10.25): I present the following report:

Legislative Assembly (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2016—Select Committee—Report—Inquiry into the Legislative Assembly (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2016, dated 2 August 2016, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I will speak very briefly to this. The committee did meet and examine the legislation put forward by Mr Smyth. The committee ultimately recommended that the bill not be further considered during the term of the Eighth Assembly. There are a number of reasons the committee came to that view. Both through illness and the resignation of Mr Smyth the committee did not have time to do a great deal of scrutiny of the bill but perhaps more significantly we did not believe that there was time to establish a parliamentary budget officer before the coming election period for the Ninth Assembly. Rather the committee formed the view ultimately that the current election costings process would be retained as the approach and that a parliamentary budget officer be considered at the start of the Ninth Assembly. What that probably does reflect is a sense that the committee did not see a role for a full-time parliamentary budget officer for the whole term but probably more focusing on the election period and whilst we did not definitely conclude that I think it is fair to say that is where the discussion was going.


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