Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2276 ..
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (5.13): The ACT Greens will be supporting this bill today. In similar terms to what Ms Lawder outlined, this is a practical revision of the bill in order to facilitate the feedback that we received. The Speaker has made available the letter from the appointee to the position. I appreciate her circulating that. I think it is very clear that the practicalities of getting the operation up and running are such that we need to allow more time. We think this is a very sensible and practical bill to support.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.
MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (5.14): I seek leave to move an amendment to this bill that has not been considered and reported on by the scrutiny committee.
MS J BURCH: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2287]. I am moving this amendment to provide an additional period of time before the remaining provisions mentioned in clause 4, page 3, line 6, of the bill are to commence. On being made aware of the Integrity Commission Amendment Bill 2019, the incoming commissioner, Mr Dennis Cowdroy QC, OAM, wrote to me, party leaders and the Select Committee on an Independent Integrity Commission requesting that this course be considered in light of the various establishment tasks that await him upon appointment. I seek leave to table a copy of that letter.
MS J BURCH: I present the following paper:
Commencement of relevant provisions of the Integrity Commission Act—Copy of letter from Dennis Cowdroy OAM, QC, dated 1 June 2019.
The amendment provides that the remaining provisions mentioned in clause 4 will commence on either 1 December this year or upon written notice by the minister, whichever comes first. This will allow the commission an additional period of time to attend to the relevant establishment tasks that are required. In the event that the relevant establishment tasks are completed prior to 1 December—and I think it is the wish of all in this place and the commissioner himself that that indeed happens—the commissioner would then write to the minister advising that the commission is ready to receive complaints and the minister would commence the remaining provisions shortly thereafter. I commend this sensible amendment to the bill.
Amendment agreed to.