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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2768 ..

Gungahlin Community Council for their tireless advocacy on this issue. I shout out the particular names of Peter Elford, Henley Samuels, Kevin Cox, Darren Marks and Sharee Shultz.

A refrain which I have heard repeatedly in the corridors of this Assembly is that community council views are not necessarily representative of their local communities. Interestingly, and thankfully, I have not heard it mentioned in this chamber. But I will push back on lazy thinking that seeks to ignore critical voices, whatever the validity of their arguments. As a proud GCC executive alumni, I am thankful for the work of the GCC, who form a critical component of the Gungahlin community, listening closely to the community and raising their concerns. I hope they recognise their voices in the planning committee’s report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (12.00): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure.

Earlier this year, the committee commissioned a review of the committee support function. After seeking expressions of interest from a number of experienced persons, we appointed Dr Rosemary Laing, a former long-serving Clerk of the Senate, to conduct the review. The reviewer sought submissions from, and conducted interviews with, MLAs, former MLAs, committee staff, former committee staff, other Office of the Legislative Assembly staff and officers from other parliaments.

Dr Laing submitted her report to me on 17 August, and the committee has authorised it for publication. It can be viewed on the Assembly website under the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure webpage.

As the Clerk has management responsibility for the office, the committee has asked the Clerk to consider the review’s suggestions and report back to the committee on how they will be implemented.

On behalf of the committee I want to thank Dr Laing for her work to ensure that the Assembly has an effective committee system to perform its important scrutiny and community engagement role. I seek leave to table a copy of the report.

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: I present the following paper:

Review of the Committee Support Function—Report to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, prepared by Dr Rosemary Laing, Specialist Adviser, dated 17 August 2021.

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