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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 569 ..


dissenting report calling for a stronger balance between impacted stakeholder groups. The report speaks of fairness and equity, but on this single matter I do not think it is fair and equitable. At a broader level, I think that the government should also be more sensitive to the potential damage it imposes on community groups when it considers policy options in other fields. In conclusion, the government does not have a remit to ride roughshod over those who are negatively impacted by its decisions. It does have an obligation to listen to reasonable argument.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Fuel Pricing—Select Committee

Statement by chair

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (10.59): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Select Committee on Fuel Pricing. The select committee has now advertised for and directly sent invitations for submissions to be lodged with the committee by close of business on Monday, 11 March 2019. The select committee has also put details of the inquiry and its terms of reference on the committee website, social media and with a range of media outlets in the ACT.

The committee is seeking the views of participants in the Canberra fuel market at all levels, including principal suppliers, refiners and marketing groups, regulators and consumer protection bodies which monitor fuel pricing nationally and in the ACT, and from business operators and individuals who want to provide the committee with their views.

The select committee will start its program of public hearings shortly after the closing date for submissions. The program of hearings will be placed on the website and will be included in public announcements by the committee which will be published and put on social media in the usual way. The committee's hearings will be public, and all interested in this important inquiry are invited to attend or view the proceedings online. The committee's reporting date is the last sitting day of June 2019.

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.00): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services relating to the inquiry into a territory coat of arms. On 29 November 2018 the Assembly asked the committee to inquire into the matter.

The committee is currently seeking advice on and taking time to investigate the rules and protocol that apply when adopting coats of arms. Because it happens so infrequently, there is no clear and established process for adopting a jurisdictional coat of arms in Australia. The committee considers it is important to clarify the process and the requirements for the eventual design of a potential coat of arms before consulting the community.


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