Page 951 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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The pace of this term is moving very quickly. It takes a while for community to come together, for a committee to make an inquiry and for government to consider the results of that inquiry. If we put this off, we are probably saying there is no chance—we do not need parliamentary scrutiny on the question of exactly how we do the missing middle; we do not wish to have an inquiry. I am really concerned that delays probably mean we may not do it at all.

I would really encourage the members in here to look at that request. It is a quite simple call. It is a fairly moderately phrased call. It leaves it up to the committee to decide, and I think it is probably best to leave it to the committee to decide, because the committee can then work through its procedures and choose whether this needs a genuine community compact, some parliamentary scrutiny, and a community discussion now that we have all the ideas on the table. I commend my motion to the Assembly.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (12.36): I stand with some pain to respond to Ms Clay, and I stand as a member of the planning committee. There are a number of things that I would like to say today, Madam Speaker, but I cannot because it would breach committee privilege. I wanted to stand and say that my comments are confined purely to what is happening here with this motion procedurally. I am not going to venture in and talk about the “missing middle”.

I wanted to say—with the greatest of respect for Ms Clay, and I do have enormous respect for Ms Clay, and I have enormous respect for the trio of me, Ms Clay and Ms Orr working together as we do on the planning committee—that I have some concerns about the process that is playing out here.

If only you were on that committee, Ms Clay!

I am not going to say any more. I just have some concerns about the way that this is being brought forward.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (12.38): As a member of the committee too, I would like to put on the record that I echo Mr Parton’s concerns with the process and how this has been gone about.

I have said many times in this place, and I think other members of the committee have also said in this place, that this is a policy area that tends to be more contentious, but the planning committee is a committee that has always worked together. It is something we wear as a badge of honour—the collegiate way that we do form consensus on matters. So I would really appreciate the opportunity to have this discussion with the committee and for it to be done in the way that we have always conducted ourselves, which is working together to form a view that reflects the will of all the members of the committee.

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (12.38): I move:

That the debate be adjourned.


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