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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 1511 ..

Report No. 1 - Mental Health Services - Strategic Plan 1998-2001

MR WOOD (5.49): Mr Speaker, pursuant to order, I present the report of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care entitled "The Future of Mental Health Services in the Australian Capital Territory - Moving Towards 2000 and Beyond - A Whole of Territory Strategic Plan 1998-2001", together with the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I think all concerned in this wanted to keep things moving. You will recall that Mr Moore referred this to the committee in the last session of parliament. The committee did not, after consideration, go to a full-scale review of it. We had a round table to try to expedite the matter so that things could keep moving. That has been done. I indicate that the report that has gone back to Mr Moore is not the committee's report; it is his report. We have made suggestions about it. They were taken up and accepted, but it remains very much the report from Mr Moore. We all trust that good action will be taken to see that mental health services are much improved.

Debate (on motion by Mr Moore) adjourned.

Report - Order of Private Members and Assembly Business

MR SPEAKER: I present a report of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure entitled "Order of Private Members and Assembly Business".

MS TUCKER (5.51): I move:

That the report be adopted.

The report is essentially concerned with addressing some inconsistencies in the standing orders and ensuring clarity in the interpretation of the Assembly's decisions. It makes two recommendations to the Assembly relating to the ordering of private members and Assembly business which, if the motion to adopt the report is passed, will make amendments to standing orders and clarify the Assembly's intentions in relation to private members notices that are moved in the morning and debate on which is subsequently adjourned due to the suspension for lunch. That clarification can be put into force by the Assembly passing a motion on the matter.

The two standing orders affected by the committee's recommendation No. 2 are 105 and 149. Standing order 105 gives instructions to the Clerk as to how notices should be entered on the notice paper, with the proviso that it is subject to the Manager of Government Business's prerogative to order Executive business, standing order 78.

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