Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 28 October 2010) . . Page.. 5259 ..
The committee has also carefully considered the requirements of standing order 224 and has unanimously resolved that my participation in the inquiry would not contravene standing order 224. The committee will be calling for submissions to its inquiry shortly and is intending to hold public hearings in February and March 2010. The committee is expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT as soon as practicable.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Before we proceed, Ms Le Couteur, could I just draw your attention to the last paragraph in your speech when you indicated the committee was intending to hold public hearings in February and March 2010. Is that 2010 or—
MS LE COUTEUR: No, that was because I did not read it out correctly. It is 2011, as admirably noted by you. That would be a much more realistic expectation.
MR ASSISANT SPEAKER: Thank you very much, Ms Le Couteur.
Standing and temporary orders—suspension
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (11.26): I move:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Gallagher from moving a motion to appoint an Independent Reviewer of government campaign advertising.
I understand that because this is a motion that has been considered by the Assembly within the last 12 months we are required to suspend standing and temporary orders in order to reconsider this issue today. That is the reason for moving this procedural motion. It really is to give us the opportunity to break the deadlock that exists over the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009.
MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (11.27): We will be supporting the suspension of standing orders. We believe that this issue needs to be resolved. Certainly, I wrote to the Chief Minister a couple of months ago after receiving, I think, about the third letter notifying me that there was another advertising campaign that was going to be exempted. I wrote back to say that this issue could not continue in this fashion and needed to be resolved. We will be supporting the suspension of standing orders today so that we can resolve this matter.
Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.
Government advertising—independent reviewer
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (11.29): I move:
That, in accordance with section 12 of the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009, this Assembly approves the appointment of: