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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2377 ..

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 13

MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (11.15): I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 13—Provisions and Conventions around Committee Inquiries, dated 30 July 2019, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (11.15), by leave: I move:

That the report be noted.

I will speak very briefly. The genesis of this inquiry was, of course, Mr Parton’s motion in April relating to development application processing times. The Assembly had some questions over whether or not it impinged on the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal inquiry into building application processes that was underway. The committee considered what has been common practice here in the Assembly but also common practice in other legislatures, particularly New South Wales which had some very good literature on their position, and House of Representatives Practice which, of course, we are tied to through our standing orders.

The conclusion of the committee mentioned the practice in other legislatures and stated that there is nothing to prevent members discussing in the Assembly matters that are subject to a committee inquiry and that the Assembly is free to discuss any matter it chooses, subject to the standing orders and continuing resolutions of the Assembly and other practices such as sub judice. I think this, for members, clears up the position that we have found ourselves in previously as to whether or not a motion that delves into, or is close to, the subject matter of a committee can be debated. I think this has been resolved clearly now.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Consideration of private members’ business

Standing orders—suspension

MR WALL (Brindabella) (11.17): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No 6, Private Members’ business, relating to development application assessments, being called on forthwith.

The reason for this is twofold. One is that the opposition is ready to resume the debate on this motion that Mr Parton brought in April but secondly there is also a technical issue that the Assembly is required to deal with. The motion that Mr Rattenbury used to adjourn debate on Mr Parton’s motion stated:

That the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the day after the tabling of the report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal …

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