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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 1539 ..

Contaminated Sites - Watson

MR HUMPHRIES: I table the list of members of the special advisory group on the Watson contaminated sites which I had meant to table when I was giving my answer to a question on that matter.

Public Service - Performance Indicators

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, in response to a question I took on notice during question time, I inform Ms Tucker that the members of the outputs committee are Ian Wearing, the chair, who is from my office; John Parkinson, the Auditor-General; Phil Sadler, from OPAM; Neil Morgan, from OFM; and Steve Anderson, who is with the financial management reform unit.

Report on Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Bill 1995 - Government Response

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.11): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Government's response to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure report on the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Bill 1995, which was presented to the Assembly on 20 February 1996. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, the Government response to the committee's report states that the Government will support the passage of this Bill, as amended by the committee, while more comprehensive privilege legislation is being investigated. The Government views the broadcasting of Assembly proceedings to Public Service offices as a priority. As the committee's report indicates, this will provide more efficient and flexible arrangements for public servants. The current practice is for public servants to come to the chamber for debate on a particular issue. Often debate is delayed by an unforeseen motion or extended debate on another issue. Alternatively, public servants may miss a great deal of debate while trying to get to the Assembly building when debate on an item is brought on early. Mr Speaker, the Government would want to have all broadcasting direct to the offices of the ACT Public Service covered by absolute privilege without qualification. Against this background, the Government is prepared to support the Bill with the amendments proposed by the committee.

Debate (on motion by Mr Whitecross) adjourned.

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