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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3666 ..


and opposition whips, we think it is appropriate that the Remuneration Tribunal consider this matter. We will be supporting the bill today.

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (10.04), in reply: I thank members for indicating their support for the bill. As mentioned, this is a simple amendment to the current Rem Tribunal Bill that allows for a whip who is not a member of government or opposition but is of a party of four or more members to be considered for equal payment as the other whips are. This will allow the Rem Tribunal to make that decision. It is not for us to make the decision. This just simply gives them the ability to do that. I thank the whips, through the admin and procedure committee, for the decision to put this bill forward.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Legislative Assembly—sitting pattern 2022

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.06): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the 2022 sitting calendar for the Assembly is at an historic low for sitting days at twelve weeks of three days each;

(b) this sitting pattern is low compared to previous Assemblies of the ACT, which have met for up to 15 weeks per year, plus additional budget estimates and annual reports hearings;

(c) this sitting pattern is low compared to other parliaments, such as New South Wales or Tasmania, which also met for up to 15 weeks per year, plus additional budget estimates and annual reports hearings; and

(d) other parliaments have local councils that deal with many matters that in the ACT must be dealt with by the Assembly; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) increase the number of sittings for 2022 to include the following dates:

11 February

25 March

8 April

6 May

3 June

10 June

5 August


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