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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2022) . . Page.. 721 ..


Leave granted.

Mr Hanson: I am tempted not to, I would have to say.

MS BURCH: Members, I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, last amended on 10 February 2022, which establishes the Assembly’s—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Madam Speaker, if I can just interrupt? My understanding is that we need only one voice in the chamber to not give leave for leave not to be granted. I am not sure where we go from there, because we definitely did hear a voice saying no, of leave not being granted.

MS BURCH: Sorry, Mr Deputy Speaker; I did not hear the no.

Mr Hanson: I did not actually say no, to clarify. I said, “I am tempted not to.” But I will grant leave. We will do the right thing—even if they will not.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Okay.

MS BURCH: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, last amended on 10 February 2022, which establishes the Assembly’s standing committees, be amended by omitting the words “ACT Ombudsman” in the row in the table labelled “6. Public Accounts” and inserting these words in the same column of the table in the row labelled “5. Justice and Community Safety”.

This is a consequential motion and amendment, a tidy-up to the amendment to the bill that was done last sitting. It just moves that item from PACS to JACS. I understand that both the committee chairs have been spoken to and are supportive and understand the need for the change. I seek the support of the chamber.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.17): Of course we will support this, Mr Deputy Speaker, because this is about the better running of the Assembly. All of us should be working together in this place, granting Madam Speaker leave to try to make sure that we improve the practices of this place. We will support that. If you listen to Ms Orr and Mr Braddock, we should refer this off to some further committee for discussion and come back in 18 months time with a conclusion for Madam Speaker. That is patently nonsense. We will support this. It is just disappointing that when the shoe is on the other foot all they are doing is blocking the improvements.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 14

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.18): I present the following report:


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