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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 Feburary) . .

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no later than the autumn sittings in 2019, as Ms Le Couteur has identified—for an Assembly committee to sit down and say, "We've tried three or four different deliberative democracy processes now. What can we learn from those, are they valuable, how has the community perceived them?" and some of the questions Mr Coe has asked, but let us not step into a frame on this particular matter.

The community will still get plenty of opportunity to see a bill that comes before this place. I have no doubt the opposition will scrutinise it closely, as will my party. We will look at these matters very closely given how important this issue is for members of our community. But we are certainly not prepared to step into that frame of seeking to delegitimise this process. I welcome the amendment Ms Le Couteur has brought forward as a far more constructive way to reflect on the deliberative democracy processes the government is currently trying out.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.51): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs. At a private meeting on 22 February 2017, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT. The committee indicated in October 2017 that it would move its anticipated reporting date to February 2018. Given the extent of the evidence before it, the committee has now resolved to report by the last sitting day in April 2018.

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (10.51): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services. At a private meeting on 6 December 2017, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the role of, and opportunities for, the natural environment in Canberra as an urbanising city. The committee has resolved that I announce the inquiry and inform the Assembly in this statement.

The terms of reference are as follows:

The Standing Committee has resolved to conduct the following inquiry—

Noting the importance of the natural environment to Canberra, including the level of public support for nature and the natural environment, the growing importance of urban open spaces and bushland reserves and the benefits they bring to Canberra and opportunities for development of Blue—through water—


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