Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 27 November 2018) . . Page.. 4806 ..
The committee agreed that it should be the role of the Speaker, in the case of Assembly proceedings, or a committee chair, in the case of committee proceedings, to regulate members’ behaviour and also noted that in the case of statements made in the Assembly there is a citizen’s right of reply procedure or in the case of a committee proceedings an adverse mention procedure. I have written to the Commissioner for Standards to clarify this matter.
The second matter the commissioner sought clarification on was whether he was entitled to dismiss a complaint on the ground that the issues raised do not warrant investigation even if the complaint cannot be said to be “frivolous, vexatious or only for political advantage”. Having considered the matter, the committee has agreed to the commissioner’s suggestion that he be given this discretion. Accordingly, I have lodged a notice of motion to amend continuing resolution 5AA to this effect. I understand that that will come in on Thursday.
Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.47): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism. Following the referral by the Assembly on 1 November this year of an inquiry into drone delivery systems in the ACT, the committee has agreed to call for submissions. The committee would like to hear from all parties involved in or affected by the trial, including residents, companies and regulators and anyone else who may be affected by the regulation of commercial drone activities. The committee is requesting submissions by close of business 22 February next year.
Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (10.47): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services. The committee is currently inquiring into maternity services in the ACT and has called for submissions to be received by 7 December 2018. Noting the upcoming Christmas and New Year shutdown, at a private meeting on 20 November 2018 the committee resolved to extend the deadline for all submissions until 31 January 2019. The committee intends to hold public hearings following this date.
Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee
Motion (by Ms Cheyne, by leave) agreed to:
That the resolution of the Assembly of 1 November 2018 which referred the ACT Register of Lobbyists to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for inquiry and report be amended by omitting the words “29 November 2018” and substituting “last sitting day in February 2019”.