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1. Omit paragraphs (2)(a) and (b), substitute:

“(a) one Member to be nominated by the Labor Party;

(b) one Member to be nominated by the Liberal Party; and”.

2. In paragraph (3), omit “an Opposition”, substitute “the Liberal Party”.

3. Insert new paragraph (3A):

“(3A) the Committee shall be established from 1 July 2022;”.

4. In paragraph (5), omit “29 July”, substitute “9 September”.

Briefly, these amendments apply a few tidy-ups to the motion, just to account for timelines and so forth that have been agreed through the admin and procedure committee.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.58): I will speak briefly to Ms Orr’s amendments and close the debate. We are in support of Ms Orr’s amendments. We have had some discussion about them and, as Mr Braddock flagged, they have been through the admin and procedure committee.

The changes, in summary, include changes to the number of members on the committee from my original motion, some slight wording changes and some changes to the dates to more carefully reflect the timeline of the estimates process and the budget being presented here in this place. They are logical and eminently acceptable amendments, in our view. I thank Ms Orr for bringing them to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Legislation (Legislative Assembly Committees) Amendment Bill 2022

Debate resumed from 10 February 2022 on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (12.00): I rise to speak very, very briefly to this amendment bill that has been tabled by Ms Burch. It is a logical amendment to a range of legislation, and it reflects the review that was conducted of ACT statutes to ascertain the extent to which references to Assembly standing committees were clear, unambiguous and consistent. In that regard, it is an excellent chance to clear up some ambiguities and a lack of consistency in some of our statutes, and I am happy to express our support for this bill.

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (12.01), in reply: As members will be aware, since self-government, statutory references to Assembly committees have taken many forms, and on occasion this has been a source of some confusion. As the resolutions appointing the standing committees have changed over time—including substantial

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