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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2259..

Tuesday, 22 June 2004

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital territory.


Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, on 27 May 2004 Mrs Burke gave written notice of a possible breach of privilege concerning the lack of an answer to a question on notice by the Minister for Planning. Mrs Burke believed that, by refusing to answer the question, the minister was holding the Assembly in contempt and that this was therefore a matter of privilege. I present a copy of Mrs Burke's letter for the information of members.

Under the provisions of standing order 71 I must determine, as soon as practicable, whether or not the matter merits precedence over other business. If, in my opinion, the matter does merit precedence I must inform the Assembly of the decision and the member who raised the matter may move a motion without notice forthwith to refer the matter to a select committee appointed by the Assembly for that purpose.

If, in my opinion, the matter does not merit precedence I must inform the member in writing and may also inform the Assembly of the decision. I am not required to judge whether there has been a breach of privilege or a contempt of the Assembly; I can only judge whether the matter merits precedence. I have considered the matter and have concluded that the matter does not merit precedence. I wrote to Mrs Burke on 3 June 2004 informing her of my decision.

Estimates 2004-2005-Select Committee


Motion (by Mr Stefaniak ) agreed to:

That order of the day No. 1, Assembly business, relating to the Select Committee on Estimates 2004-2005 - Presentation of report, pursuant to order of the Assembly of 1 April 2004, be postponed until a later hour this day.

Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee

Report 6

MR HARGREAVES (10.33): I present report 6 of the Standing Committee on Community Services and Social Equity entitled The Forgotten Victims of Crime, Families of Offenders and The Silent Sentence. I move:

That the report be noted.

The restorative justice model of addressing antisocial behaviour is the model currently endorsed around the world. This model replaces two other models. The first is the

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