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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (30 April) . . Page.. 218 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the Assembly. This amendment rectifies the situation noted by Mr Moore. It is important to proceed with this amendment, albeit prior to the consultation process on the full review of education legislation, to rectify a technical breach of the Act.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned.


MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (11.15): Mr Speaker, I need to amend this motion, so it might be an idea to do that up front. I ask for leave of the Assembly to amend my motion by inserting "the Review of" after "Report of".

Leave granted.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I move the motion, as amended, standing in my name on the notice paper. The motion now reads:

That the Report of the Review of the Governance of the Australian Capital Territory be referred to the Select Committee on the Report of the Review of Governance for inquiry and report.

I tabled the Report of the Review of Governance of the ACT on Tuesday this week. On that day the Assembly also established a select committee to consider the report. I now wish to refer the report to the committee for its consideration. Mr Speaker, I am proposing that the committee report back to the Assembly in the first sitting week of August this year, 1998. This will ensure that there is ample time for the committee to fully consider all the recommendations contained in the report and still allow time for any recommendations to be dealt with quickly.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (11.16): The Labor Party is very pleased to support this motion. It was, after all, an idea which I floated after the disaster we experienced in relation to the Executive committees. I think the initial proposal was that this matter be referred to an Executive committee. I think we are all very aware of the disaster that befell that proposal, and quite rightly. We are very happy to see that the Chief Minister has picked up our idea that there should be a select committee to look into the Pettit report. We look forward to playing an active part on that committee. I propose to nominate as the ALP representative on the committee and I look forward to getting the support of the other members of that committee, when they are nominated, in being appointed chair of the committee.

This is a very important report. I think it is a little bit of a pity that it has been pre-empted to some extent. Some of the work of the committee perhaps has been affected by the fact that the Assembly has already resolved not to accept a couple of the recommendations by its actions the other day in relation to the establishment of the standing committees.

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