Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 31 March 2011) . . Page.. 1204 ..
with over 240 inspections of licensed premises by the new ACT Policing alcohol crime targeting team.
Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee
MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, understanding order 254A I would like to ask a question of the minister regarding a government response to a committee report.
MR SPEAKER: Yes.
MR DOSZPOT: I seek an explanation from the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services as to why the committee has not received the government response to a report of the standing committee entitled Love has its limits—respite care services in the ACT by the due date of 5 March 2011 and, furthermore, why a report has not been tabled in the March sittings as the minister indicated in a letter to me in early March.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women): I do apologise. It is my understanding that it is listed as business for next week. We will be providing a response then. I do apologise for that, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (3.00): Mr Speaker, I am not satisfied with the response. Therefore, I move:
That this Assembly notes the failure of the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services to provide a Government response to Report 4 of the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services by the due date.
I have said all that needs to be said on this. The minister has not provided a response to the committee report as should have been the case. The minister wrote to me indicating her apology that it had not arrived by 5 March but stating that it would be tabled in the last sitting of March. This is the last sitting day of March and, as such, it is unsatisfactory that this has not arrived.
MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (3.02): I am a member of that committee and I think it is incumbent on Mr Doszpot to have spoken to the committee before moving such a motion. If a motion was going to be moved, that matter that should have been brought to the committee. My understanding was—I am happy to have a discussion with Mr Doszpot later about this—that the response would be tabled in this sitting period. That was my understanding from the letter, and it should have been discussed with the committee. It is inappropriate to move this motion on behalf of the committee.
I appreciate that Mr Doszpot is the committee chair, but to put forward a motion calling on the minister—