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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 60 ..


just to this place but to our community, we would expect that the number of sitting days, moving on to 2022 and beyond, would reflect the normal pattern of this place.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Committees—standing

Establishment

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.46): I move:

That:

(1) the following general-purpose standing committees be established as set out in the table below. The purpose of such committees is to enhance the scrutiny of the Executive, to examine and suggest improvements to any bills referred to it, to enable the citizens of the Territory to engage and to participate in law-making and policy review, to enable financial scrutiny of the Executive’s budget proposals and to review annual reports of taxpayer funded agencies;

(2) the committees so established may inquire and report on matters referred to it by the Assembly or matters that are considered by the committee to be of concern to the community and within the nominated areas of responsibility;

(3) calendar and financial year annual and financial reports stand referred to the relevant standing committee for inquiry and report by 31 March of the year after the presentation of the report to the Assembly pursuant to the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004;

(4) notwithstanding standing order 229, only one standing committee may meet for the consideration of the inquiry into the calendar and financial year annual and financial reports at any given time;

(5) all bills presented to the Assembly stand referred to the relevant standing committee for inquiry and report within two months from the presentation of the bill. Should the standing committee resolve not to undertake an inquiry, the chair shall advise the Assembly and the responsible minister within 14 days of the presentation of the bill in the Assembly;

(6) all reports of the ACT Auditor-General tabled in the Assembly stand referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry and report;

(7) the committees so established are required to examine the expenditure proposals contained in the main appropriation bills for the Territory and any revenue estimates proposed by the Government in the annual budget and prepare a report to the Assembly within 60 days of the presentation of the budget bills;

(8) funds be provided by the Assembly to permit the engagement of external expertise to work with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to facilitate the analysis of the budget;

(9) the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety shall:


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