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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 1969 ..

Alteration to Reporting Date

MR HIRD (10.32): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion to alter the reporting date for the Standing Committee on Urban Services inquiry into the Environment Protection (Amendment) draft legislation.

Leave granted.

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly on 25 June 1998, as amended on 27 August 1998, referring the exposure draft of the Environment Protection (Amendment) legislation to the Standing Committee on Urban Services for inquiry and report, be amended by omitting "22 September 1998" and substituting "27 October 1998".

This is a straightforward motion, Mr Speaker. On 25 June this year the parliament directed the Urban Services Standing Committee to inquire into, and report on, the exposure draft of the Environment Protection (Amendment) Bill. The parliament asked us to report by 1 September this year. The committee could not meet such a tight deadline and, on 27 August this year, the parliament granted the committee an extension until today. Unfortunately, the absence of members and the committee's busy workload mean that the committee is unable to report as directed.

There is significant community interest in this legislation. Therefore, we have scheduled a public hearing on the Bill for 16 October this year, after which we expect to produce a speedy report. On this basis, the committee seeks an extension of the reporting deadline to the first sitting day in October, that is, 27 October 1998. This is still a tight deadline but my colleagues and I believe that we will be able to meet this deadline. I thank members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Suspension of Standing Orders

Motion (by Ms Tucker) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No. 8, Assembly business, relating to the presentation of the Standing Committee on Education's report on preschool education, being called on forthwith.

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