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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 47

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 47, dated 8 August 2016, together with an erratum and the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 47 contains the committee's comments on two bills, 121 pieces of subordinate legislation, four government responses and one executive member's response. It also includes comment on proposed government amendments to two government bills. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

The erratum corrects an error on page 23 of the report regarding comment on the executive member's response to the Freedom of Information Bill 2016. Line 2 should read, "This is not beyond its terms of reference." I commend the report to the Assembly.

Members, this is the last scrutiny report on bills and subordinate legislation of this Eighth Assembly. It also marks the last scrutiny report for one of our legal advisers, Mr Peter Bayne, who is retiring after 19 years in the role. Many members in this chamber have served on the scrutiny committee in one of its various guises and all would be aware of Peter's service and dedication.

In his time Peter has reviewed every bill that has been presented to the Assembly from the Third Assembly—from the momentous to the mundane. It is through his diligent work that many laws now in effect in the ACT have been improved between 1995 to this Eighth Assembly in 2016. On behalf of all members of the scrutiny committee, both past and present, I would like to thank Peter Bayne for his contribution to the ACT Legislative Assembly and wish him well in his retirement.

MADAM SPEAKER: I add my words of thanks for the work that has been done on behalf of the Assembly by Peter Bayne. As a former chair of the scrutiny committee, I value his work very much, and I wish him well.

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