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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5208..


Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Alteration to reporting date

MRS DUNNE (10.32): I seek leave to move a motion to alter the reporting date of the report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment into the Road Transport (Public Passenger) Services Amendment Bill 2002 and to allow the report to be presented to the Speaker when the Assembly is not sitting.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 17 June 2003, concerning the inquiry into the Road Transport (Public Passenger) Services Amendment Bill 2002 be amended by omitting "on the last sitting day in 2003"and inserting a new paragraph:

(1A) If the Assembly is not sitting when the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has completed its consideration of the Bill, the Committee may send its report to the Speaker, or in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publication and circulation.

This is a simple procedural matter. Over the past number of months the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has been working on the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Amendment Bill, which relates to the deregulation or not of the hire care and taxi industries. It is a considerable body of work. In addition to that, the Assembly saw fit to give to the committee the task of also looking at this legislation in the context of sustainable transport. The committee is not in a position to report at this stage, and we made the judicious decision some time ago that it would be better for us to take more time and do the job properly than rush it through. It is regrettable, but realistic reporting dates are one of those things that the Assembly should be mindful of when referring large bills to committees.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Bill 2003

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (10.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Bill 2003. This bill repeals and replaces the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995 with a redrafted act that implements the government's commitment to amend provisions relating to the presentation and tabling of annual reports of ACT government agencies.


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