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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3673 ..


helpful for that triparty cause. It certainly is a disservice, in my view, to the communities that we represent.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 14

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Dr Paterson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Mr Steel

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Ms Vassarotti

Question resolved in the negative.

Estimates 2021-2022—Select Committee

Proposed establishment

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.33): Pursuant to standing order 152, I move:

That the order of the day be discharged from the Notice Paper.

I will not speak for long on this, other than to say that this is something that we need to have a serious discussion about. The fact is that this matter was adjourned to avoid debate and then we were to bring it back on to be discharged once we had gone through the estimates process. A comment was made earlier that we need to take things through admin and procedures before we bring them into this place and have a debate. The problem is that if admin and procedures disagrees with the Liberal Party, which it often does, given the numbers on admin and procedures, I really have no choice but to bring these matters here anyway. Admin and procedures is not always the appropriate vehicle for these matters. And that is fine. We have differences of opinion. Not every difference of opinion can be resolved by the committee. Sometimes it has to be debated in here.

I would ask members to reflect on the select committee process as against the standing committee process, noting that we have two annual reports periods next year when standing committees will be inquiring into the annual reports that are going to be tabled, I think, next week. So there will be a period in February and a period later in the year to look at the issues in the annual reports and consider whether it would be best for a select committee or standing committees to look into the budget.

We will come back with this next year, Madam Speaker. I would ask that members reflect and consider this. There are arguments both ways—I get it—but, at the end of the day, it is about the scrutiny of the budget. It is hard for the opposition to view that


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