Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2250..
There are some suggestions and examinations within the report which relate to the budget and are relevant to consideration of this budget and future budgets. The discussions that led to the formulation of the report-and the report itself-tended to be wide ranging. Previous estimates reports have gone far beyond the parameters which might be defined by the budget itself. However, that has become rather conventional. It may be a question for this house one day, as to how far we go in an estimates hearing in relation to examining other issues that are not particularly relevant to the budget itself and to the terms of reference of the select committee.
I am a bit concerned, as I have mentioned in this place before, to see the skulking around the issue of the bushfire which has taken place, in the hope of some morsel of political capital that might be taken advantage of, or some area where there can be engendered some doubt in relation to the current government-and to trade on the hurt people suffered during that bushfire. That disturbs me somewhat. It seems to have been somewhat pervasive. I hope we get to a point where this Assembly can work together to make sure we return this town to the state it enjoyed before the bushfire, if not a more improved state.
As I said, I do not intend to address the individual recommendations within the estimates report, whether they are relevant to the budget or not, because we will probably be discussing some of these matters for a long time today.
I commend the response to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth ) adjourned to a later hour.
Legal Affairs-Standing Committee
Scrutiny report No 34
MR STEFANIAK (10.50): I present the following report:
Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 34, dated 24 June 2003, together with a copy of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.
MR STEFANIAK: I move:
That the report be authorised for publication.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.