Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 May 2014) . . Page.. 1353 ..
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services to report on matters referred to the committee by you, Madam Speaker, on 8 May 2014.
On 8 May 2014 Madam Speaker informed the Legislative Assembly that she had received correspondence as follows:
On 7 May 2014, Mr Coe gave written notice of a possible breach of privilege concerning a statement made by Mr Corbell in the Assembly that day. Mr Coe has asserted that a person has disclosed to Mr Corbell proceedings of a private meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services.
Further to this, Madam Speaker advised members that, in accordance with standing order 276, she must determine as soon as practicable whether or not the matter merits precedence over other business. Members’ attention was drawn to standing order 242 which sets out a procedure to be followed in respect of committees affected by any unauthorised disclosure of proceedings.
In accordance with standing order 242, Madam Speaker informed the Assembly of her intention to write to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services to ascertain whether the alleged unauthorised disclosure:
• has caused substantial interference with its work on the relevant inquiry it was undertaking, or
• has caused, or is likely to cause, substantial interference with the work of the committee.
The committee was asked to advise the Assembly by way of a report on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 of the committee’s view on the matter. This statement reports the committee’s views.
The committee considered the matter at a private meeting on Monday, 12 May 2014—yesterday. In accordance with standing order 242, I, as the chair of the committee, asked the secretary and each member of the committee if they had