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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 2606..


The public health services currently located in the building will continue to be provided to residents of Belconnen even though they may operate from different venues. In some instances space may be rented from the new owners to deliver services if this is considered appropriate.

Yours sincerely

Kate Carnell MLA

Minister for Health and Community Care

27 NOV 1995

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Public Sector Management (Amendment) Bill 1995

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (10.32): Mr Speaker, pursuant to order, I present Report No. 8 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the Public Sector Management (Amendment) Bill 1995, which includes a dissenting report, together with extracts of the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to the Speaker for circulation on Wednesday, 29 November 1995, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly on 19 October 1995. I move:

That the report be noted.

This report on the Public Sector Management (Amendment) Bill was produced as a result of a reference from the Assembly on 19 October. The committee was required to report by 29 November. This short timeframe was a restriction on the committee that meant that some things that the committee may have preferred to do, including a more detailed analysis of the proposed changes, the gathering of more submissions and the hearing of more witnesses, were simply not possible. Mr Speaker, the committee was also provided with copies of the exposure drafts of the ACT Remuneration Tribunal Bill 1995 and the ACT Remuneration Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional) Provisions Bill 1995. There were other parties who would have made submissions to the committee and who would also have appeared, but the short timetable available did not allow that to happen. It should be noted by all concerned that the time limit set was an attempt by the Assembly to meet the Government's self-imposed deadline.

The report contains majority recommendations and also a dissenting report. It should be noted that the dissenting report, nevertheless, does agree with some of the content of the report. Such dissenting reports, Mr Speaker, are, of course, the right of any member of a committee in this Assembly. Concurrent with that right is the right of the majority to express a point of view, even if that view is not unanimous. All members of this Assembly would do well to remember that the rights of the majority cannot be overridden by the minority, even when that minority represents the Government's point of view.


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