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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 810 ..


our land management and they are not always as well coordinated as they could be. We also recommended that the government take ongoing advice from ParkCare groups to conduct more native plantings in urban areas. That would provide much-needed habitat for our bees and wildlife and, combined with our tree target of 30 per cent canopy coverage, it would help cool our city and offset the heat island effect.

I would like to thank my fellow committee members, Ms Orr and Mr Parton, for the collegial and friendly way in which we conducted that inquiry, and I would like to thank all of the directorates and ministers who gave up such a lot of time to answer our questions. I am looking forward to hearing the government response on these issues. I commend the report to the Assembly.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (10.35): As a member of the planning, transport and city services committee, I will not go through the recommendations in the detail that the chair has, but I want to thank the other committee members, Ms Clay and Ms Orr, for the genuinely collegial nature of everything we have done thus far as a committee, including the process of putting this report together.

I know that other members in this place may consider trudging off to a planning committee meeting as being somewhat similar to sticking needles in their own eyes, but I have to say that I quite enjoy my time in this committee, and that is down to the personalities of the other two members. Although we do not always agree on everything, we are able to reach conclusions quite painlessly and in an extremely respectful manner. I must say to Brian Lloyd: you, sir, are an absolute gem. You are a workhorse, a diplomat, a stickler for detail, but, more than anything else, a wonderfully peaceful soul. I think I speak on behalf of the committee in saying that we look forward to working with you for the rest of the term.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 3

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.36): Madam Speaker, I was going to make a comment about the joy with which I approach scrutiny committee meetings, but I would be called on for misleading the Assembly if I were to do so! I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 3, dated 14 April 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR HANSON: Scrutiny report No 3 contains the committee’s comments on two bills, 57 pieces of subordinate legislation, three revised explanatory statements and one government response. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.


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