Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3525..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: Notice has been received from Mr Stanhope that seven days hence, in accordance with standing order 81, he shall move:
That this Assembly no longer has confidence in the Chief Minister, Ms Carnell, MLA.
MR OSBORNE (10.34): I present Report No. 5 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety entitled "Emergency Management Bill 1998", together with the minutes of proceedings. I move:
That the report be noted.
This is a very significant Bill for the Territory. The committee has made a number of recommendations specifically about the role of the Territory Controller and the make-up of the Emergency Management Committee. The committee is of the opinion that the Chief Police Officer should be designated as the permanent Territory Controller and that the Territory Controller, rather than the Minister, have the power to delegate authority to another person in relation to different emergencies that may occur in the Territory. We have also recommended that we delete any reference to a "dormant controller" which was part of the original Bill.
There are other recommendations in relation to committees. I think it is a very detailed report. I thank all members for their contributions and the committee secretary, Fiona, for the work that she has put in. I expect there to be some problems from the Government in relation to this report, but I think overall we have attempted to be balanced and to go in with an open mind. We have had public hearings. This is a unanimous report, and I thank members of the committee for their participation.