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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 434 ..

committees to report in annual reports referred to them, be amended as follows:

In paragraph (3), omit “report by 31 March” and substitute “report by 9 April”.

I want to speak briefly on this motion. I thank Mr Hanson for his drafting. The motion arises from a matter Mr Hanson raised and seeks to simplify the work of the select committees in relation to annual report and estimates hearings. The intent of this motion is to align the reporting date for committee reports on annual reports with those of the reports on estimates, thereby enabling each committee to produce one report rather than two separate reports.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (10.14): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing relating to a self-referred inquiry which the committee has resolved to undertake.

Madam Speaker, this inquiry is the first inquiry which the standing committee has resolved to undertake in this Assembly. The inquiry has an aspect which the Assembly will be interested in. The Assembly will be aware that a petition was tabled on 9 February calling on the ACT government to conduct a thorough inquiry into the alcohol, tobacco and other drug services sector, including prevention and early intervention services and related treatment and rehabilitation services, in the ACT. The petition was presented by the committee’s deputy chair, Mrs Kikkert, and was referred to the committee for inquiry and report.

The committee has considered its inquiry path on the matters raised by the petition and has resolved to conduct an inquiry into the matters raised by the petition and a wide range of issues relating to the matters raised in the petition. Whilst not the complete list, these issues include the health and other social impacts of current policy, legislative, and criminal justice approaches to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in the ACT; the adequacy and implementation of the ACT government’s current funding commitments to support drug treatment and other harm reduction services, including funding for community-based and community-controlled organisations; the availability and access to best practice drug education to enable and support prevention, early intervention, and community safety; the benefits and challenges of establishing a clinically supervised drug consumption site in the ACT; and the issues and policy challenges, if any, for the ACT arising from the Australian government’s alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use policy frameworks and commonwealth legislation.

I seek leave to table the complete terms of reference for the committee inquiry.

Leave granted.

MR DAVIS: I table the following paper:

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