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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 2855..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

because of its historical and legal significance. I commend both amendments to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Membership

Motion (by Mrs Dunne ) proposed:

That Mr Stefaniak be discharged from the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and that Mr Seselja be appointed in Mr Stefaniak's place.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (11.38): I will just formally put on the record that I wish Mr Seselja luck on the committee. He will work with some excellent people: the deputy chair, Ms MacDonald, and Dr Foskey. As chair of the legal affairs committee, I would like to thank my two Assembly colleagues for the work that they have done during this term. Indeed, I was also chair of the committee last year, although there was then a different composition of the committee. Certainly I thank both Karin and Deb for their work as fellow members. I also thank the then committee secretary, Robina Jaffray, who has done excellent work.

There are some very interesting matters in progress. I think the committee has almost finished the Taser gun inquiry, which is a particularly interesting inquiry. A number of other inquiries are under way. Of course, the work of the committee also incorporates the scrutiny of bills. I would like to thank the Deputy Clerk and everyone else who has assisted the committee in relation to the scrutiny of bills effort. We are particularly well served by our legal advisers. We now, of course, have a legal adviser for regulations and subordinate legislation, and I think that is particularly handy. That was something we all missed and it was something that Peter Bayne simply could not do in the limited time available. The fact that he was able to produce some excellent reports speaks volumes for his ability. Stephen Argument is there now, and he does an excellent job with subordinate legislation. As I have just said, this was something the poor old Assembly staff had to do before he came on board, and it is pleasing to see that he is now with us. I think that enhances the scrutiny process as well.

This is a busy committee which is particularly aided by excellent Assembly staff and legal advisers. I wish the committee well. I thank everyone involved with the legal affairs committee and the scrutiny of bills committee for their efforts over the last close on two years, and I look forward to receiving reports in an entirely different capacity from now on.

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (11.40): In my capacity as deputy chair of the legal affairs committee, I would like to put some remarks on the record in respect of the motion that is now before us. I am sure that Mr Hargreaves will stand up and make some comments after I have spoken, as he served with Mr Stefaniak in the last Assembly on


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