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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 August 2008) . . Page.. 3174 ..

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Stefaniak for this sitting to attend to family business interstate.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 58

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 58, dated 18 August 2008, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MS MacDONALD: Scrutiny report 58 contains the committee’s comments on five bills, 62 pieces of subordinate legislation and five government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

An issue on which the committee has found it necessary to comment in this report is the apparent inconsistent basis used for fee increases. In some instruments it is the CPI, while in others it is the wage price estimate, and there are even differing CPI percentages used. The committee draws this to the Assembly’s attention and would appreciate the Treasurer’s advice as to the reason for this difference in approach to the fee increases. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Health and Disability—Standing Committee

Report 7

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (10.33): I present the following report:

Health and Disability—Standing Committee—Report 7—Health Science in the ACT, dated 30 July 2008, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I do not anticipate that I will speak for long on this report, although it has been a long time in coming. The committee made 12 recommendations overall to enhance health and medical research and development in the ACT. The recommendations are not based on large capital investments from the ACT government as the committee considers the current level of funding to be commensurate for the ACT.

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