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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 1995) . . Page.. 441 ..


It may be that the review process that was promised will be dumped on the way if a majority of members change their mind. I can feel that in the wind. So, what we are looking for is a genuine review process, which I think was promised, for the standing orders and the terms of reference for the various committees. We do not want to see it undermined by these petty changes of mind about individual issues because individuals within this place do not want to deal with the issue. They want to see the issue dealt with, but they want to flick-pass it to somebody else. I am surprised that, on the one hand, the Liberals would say one thing and, a little while later, demonstrate that what they really meant was something else. I should not say that I am surprised. They are in a bit of a predicament, I can tell; but the issue is whether or not we should undermine the process which is in place. It is in place. It should stay there. This amendment ought to be carried. It ought to go to the appropriate committee. Then we can get on with the job and, in three months’ time, sort out the terms of reference, as this Assembly again may decide.

Debate (on motion by Mr Kaine) adjourned.

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS - PRECEDENCE

MR BERRY (11.24): Mr Speaker, I move:

That Executive business be called on.

We have run out of Assembly business.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

LOCAL HERITAGE

Ministerial Statement

Debate resumed from 3 May 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR WOOD (11.24): Mr Speaker, this ministerial statement entitled “Raising the Profile of our Local Heritage” was a fairly strange statement, I thought. It was a very modest statement. It was strange because I would have thought that it might have made some reference to what this new Government is going to be doing. It makes a few brief references, but in general it is nothing more than an account of who is out there doing something in the area of heritage. I suppose that statements like this are not an unusual procedure when the business before the house is just a little bit short. I was disappointed that, when talking about raising the profile, there was no statement on the most obvious matter that could have been dealt with, and that is a progress report on the cultural and heritage centre on the other side of the fountain from us. That is, I would think, one of the most significant things happening at the moment in terms of heritage in the ACT,


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