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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 November 2021) . . Page.. 3829 ..

I want to acknowledge the courageous participants in the inquiry, some of whom are here this morning, who were willing to tell the stories of their personal losses and heartbreak due to family members and friends who were victims of drug dependency. Their experiences reinforce for me that a whole-of-government response is needed to address the issue of the use of these harmful substances.

I want to thank the committee secretariat: Dr David Monk, the committee secretary; Ms Sophie Milne, research officer; and Ms Lydia Chung, administrative assistant. Their professional and diligent support was essential to the smooth working of our committee meetings, our public and private hearings, and the drafting of the chair’s report and then the committee report.

I want to especially thank my committee colleagues, Dr Paterson and Mr Davis. Even when we held different points of view, I thank them for their professionalism and commitment to courteous discourse. We agree on one thing: we want the harm from these substances in the community to be diminished.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.11): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion. On 26 June 2021, ACT Auditor-General’s report No 6/2021, Teaching quality in ACT public schools, was tabled in the Assembly. The Assembly resolution of appointment for the committee of 2 December 2020 stipulates:

…all reports of the ACT Auditor-General tabled in the Assembly stand referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry and report …

However, following a referral from the public accounts committee at its private meeting on 5 October 2021, the education and community inclusion committee resolved to undertake an inquiry into the Auditor-General’s report on teaching quality. It follows that the terms of reference for each of the standing committee’s inquiries into Auditor-General’s performance audit reports are, in effect, the Auditor-General’s report itself.

Submissions for the inquiry opened on 29 November 2021 and will close on 28 February 2022. Hearing dates will be advised in due course. The committee will report to the Assembly before the last sitting day of 2022.

Appropriation Bill 2021-2022

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022

Cognate papers:

Standing Committee Reports on Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022]

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