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Thursday, 18 April 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


Motion (by Mr Collaery) agreed to:

That order of the day, No. 1, Assembly business, relating to the presentation of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Infrastructure and the Standing Committee on Conservation, Heritage and Environment Joint Report on Planning Legislation, be postponed until a later hour this day.


MR KAINE (Chief Minister) (10.31): Mr Speaker, I present the Administration (Amendment) Bill 1991. I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

This amending legislation provides for the power of the Executive under ACT legislation to be exercised by any two Ministers. This amendment does not apply where a power is conferred by a Commonwealth law. The self-government Act gives no clear guidance as to whether the powers of the Executive can be exercised in the absence of one or more of its members. The exercising of power by any two Ministers is considered to be the most appropriate way of overcoming this problem. It also overcomes the problem where a Minister is absent from duty or from Australia. The approach is currently working well in the case of making regulations. This amendment will, therefore, provide consistency when executing or making an instrument under any ACT legislation. The amendment is administrative in nature, and no financial impact is associated with the proposed changes. I present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.

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