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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure. On Thursday, 22 March 2018, the Assembly referred to the committee an exchange between a witness and a committee chair that had occurred in the course of an inquiry into annual reports and certain matters arising from that exchange.

On Monday, 9 April this year the committee considered the referral. The committee noted the discussion in the debate on the referral motion and the withdrawal of offending comments. The committee resolved that no further action be taken.

The committee is mindful that it is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Assembly's standing orders and continuing resolutions and that the period for lodging submissions concludes next month.

In regard to other matters arising in the reference to the committee, the committee was of the view that it would consider matters relevant to possible changes of standing orders in the context of that upcoming review of standing orders. As I have done before, I strongly encourage all members to lodge a submission to that review.

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (12.06): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism.

At a private meeting on 28 March this year the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into building quality in the ACT. The committee has been discussing the possible scope of this inquiry for some time. On 21 March the Assembly passed a motion that "invites the relevant standing committee/s to consider conducting an inquiry into construction quality, compliance, enforcement and any gaps in the current building regulation reform program". Accordingly, the committee resolved to inquire into and report on the quality of new buildings in the ACT and any potential or actual causes of poor building quality in the ACT with particular consideration given to:

1. The certification regime for the building and construction industry including:

(a) review by certifiers of the initial building plans;

(b) compliance by builders with the building's approved construction plans;

(c) the adequacy of regulatory mechanisms to ensure compliance with approved construction plans;

(d) the role of inspections and audits in the regulatory process; and

(e) the appropriateness of current practices for appointing certifiers, including addressing the potential for conflicts of interest.

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