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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3446 ..

MR SPEAKER: And have an investigation into that matter by the Administration and Procedure Committee. I was not aware that it was to be set up in order to investigate the activities of a Minister.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, earlier on somebody - I think it might have been Mr Humphries - mentioned a radio report this morning. That is what they are sensitive about. The issue that this code of practice will deal with has been brought to public attention, and so it ought to have been.

MR SPEAKER: One of the issues, I would suggest, at the very best.

MR BERRY: I would not be carrying out my duty to the community if I did not draw attention to these sorts of issues, and in particular the behaviour of - - -

MR SPEAKER: If you keep being personal you will not be carrying out your duties any longer, I can tell you.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I urge members to support this motion. I know why they are prickly about it. There are areas of sensitivity that they have not properly addressed.

MR SPEAKER: Did you accept Mr Humphries's amendment?

MR BERRY: I said I would support it.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Report on Addresses to the Assembly - Proposed Temporary Orders

MR SPEAKER: I present the report of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure entitled "Addresses to the Assembly - Proposed Temporary Orders".

MS TUCKER (11.59): I move:

That the report be noted.

As general background to this report, in February the Manager of Government Business, Mr Humphries, gave notice of a motion proposing temporary orders which would make provision for representatives of community groups or interests to directly address the Assembly on a regular basis from the bar of the Assembly. In March 1996 the Legislative Assembly agreed to a motion proposed by Mr Hird to refer the consideration of the temporary orders proposed by Mr Humphries to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for inquiry and report.

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