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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5191 ..


MR WALL (Brindabella) (9.18): The opposition is also supporting this continuing resolution. It provides a mechanism by which privilege can be contested should an issue be raised through the integrity commission. The process is very familiar to members and mirrors that in Standing Order 213A, one that has been test-proven a few times this term. I think the use of an independent arbiter is a sensible measure. Certainly, the qualifications of that arbiter ensure that it will remain a solid and robust process.

As I said, the opposition will be supporting this motion. We will see how it operates in practice. Ultimately, it is about ensuring that parliamentary privilege is maintained as a very solid and rigorous protection to all of us who carry out our functions in this place.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (9.19): The Greens will support this motion tonight. As Mr Wall just touched on, it is framed around the construct of standing order 213A, which I think has been a useful mechanism since we set it up to resolve matters that have otherwise been intractable. It provides a mechanism, if the Assembly cannot agree, to have a definitive view formed on things.

This essentially creates a very similar mechanism. I think it is important that we have this. Matters of parliamentary privilege are very important traditions. They are very important to the functioning of this place. The Clerk, in his submission to the committee, was clear in drawing these questions out and providing advice on the direction to go. I think this is the right direction. We are happy to support the motion tonight.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Integrity Commission—Standing Committee

Membership

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Speaker has been notified in writing of the following nominations for membership of the Standing Committee on the Integrity Commission: Ms Cheyne, Ms Lee and Ms Le Couteur.

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Standing Committee on the Integrity Commission.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Valedictory

MR WALL (Brindabella) (9.21): In the interests of being a consistent parent, I should at this point announce belatedly the arrival of Piper Jane Wall on 23 May this year,


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