Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 13 October 2022) . . Page.. 3011 ..
Thursday, 13 October 2022
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (10.01): I move:
That, notwithstanding the provisions of the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended, that established general purpose standing committees, the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety shall present its report on the Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2022 and Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2022 [No 2] by 1 December 2022.
In accordance with the Assembly resolution establishing general purpose standing committees, the Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2022 and the Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2022 [No 2] were referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety on 21 September 2022 and 23 September 2022, respectively.
At a private meeting on 29 September 2022, the committee resolved to undertake an inquiry into both bills. The committee called for public submissions on 30 September 2022. The committee is unable to schedule a public hearing until Friday, 18 November 2022, due to the Assembly sitting schedule, other committee hearings and annual report hearings.
The resolution of establishment for standing committees states:
(5) all bills presented to the Assembly stand referred to the relevant standing committee for inquiry and report within two months from the presentation of the bill …
The reference of the Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2022 and Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2022 [No 2] under this resolution means that the reporting date for these bills is 21 November 2022.