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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 583 ..


forwarded to a committee to decide whether they wish to inquire into the matter raised. Of all the petitions submitted to committees, committees have only twice decided that they wish to inquire. The residents of Canberra are petitioning, but are we in this Assembly actually listening? The government is responding, but the Assembly is not. I highlight this as another area that I am keen to explore as part of the review. As I said, the Greens will support these amendments to the standing orders.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 1

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.55): I present the following report:

I move:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 1—Annual and Financial Reports 2019-2020; Appropriation Bill 2020-2021 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021, dated Thursday, 1 April 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the first report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for the Tenth Assembly, following referral by the Assembly on 9 February of relevant annual reports and budget papers. The committee held two public hearings; 29 questions were taken on notice and 83 questions were placed on notice. Answers are available on the committee’s webpage.

The committee made 19 recommendations in relation to ACT Policing, courts, tribunals, the Emergency Services Agency, the Alexander Maconochie Centre, payday loans, road safety, smoke air quality, victims of crime, oversight of the Human Rights Commission, and funding for Legal Aid and community legal centres. I will not go into any of those in detail now—you all have copies of the report to review at your leisure—but they are substantive and important recommendations.

On behalf of the committee, I thank ACT government ministers, statutory office holders and directorate and agency officials for their contribution to this inquiry. The committee welcomed this first opportunity to engage with ministers and officials and looks forward to monitoring agencies and the important work they perform during the term of this Assembly.

I thank the other members of the committee, Ms Clay and Dr Paterson, for what was an interesting and useful exercise. It was their first opportunity to be involved in this process, and I thank them for the collegiate way that they worked with me through the process. I thank the secretary of the committee, Brianna McGill, for outstanding work. She really is very impressive in what she does. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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