Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2886 ..
MS FOLLETT: At that time I undertook to obtain advice from the committee secretary about that matter. I would like to read into the record the following statement by the committee secretary:
At its meeting on 23 October the committee agreed to invite submissions from the CPSU, the CPSU Professional Division, Institute of Certified Practising Accountants, Australian National University, Canberra University, Institute of Public Administration, the Australian Public Service Commission, and to request a submission from the Chief Minister's Department.
The Chief Minister's Department offered to assess whether the committee's list gave adequate coverage of those able to assist the committee in its inquiry and, to facilitate that offer, the above list was faxed to the Department. The Department advised that the list was appropriate.
Responses from the list were received from the CPSU, the CPSU Professional Division and the Institute of Certified Practising Accountants. The Chief Minister's Department also provided a submission. The Australian Public Service Commissioner advised it was not possible to make a submission in the time available.
On or about 8 November -
that is, two weeks after a three-week inquiry had been begun -
Mr Kaine suggested to the committee secretary persons who could be asked to advise the committee on the Bill. One was the NT PS Commissioner, David Hanks. Mr Hanks was expected to be in Canberra towards the end of November but it was not possible to coordinate an opportunity for him to meet and give evidence to the committee.
Mr Baxter of the New South Wales Premiers Department and Mr Solway, Vic Premiers Department, were also suggested. However, phone contact with their offices indicated that, having regard to the very short time available for the inquiry and the intervening sittings of the Assembly, it would not be feasible to arrange a hearing involving them.
That statement is signed by Bill Symington, committee secretary.
MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, Mr Wood asked me a question on school sport on 5 December 1995. I table my response.