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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3683 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

(2) Mr Cornwell be discharged from attending the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio for the Committee's consideration of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat's 1998-99 Report.

Basically this is necessary because we realised in the Administration and Procedure Committee that the Legislative Assembly annual report would be the only report tabled but not actually looked at by a standing committee. The Administration and Procedure Committee decided it should go the Chief Minister's Committee. However, it was clear that there was a slight problem because Mr Cornwell is on the Chief Minister's Committee, as you know, Mr Speaker, and there could be a conflict of interest in that you would be on that committee not only as an MLA but also as Speaker who would be responsible for answering any questions. To avoid this problem, this motion is asking that Mr Cornwell be discharged from that part of the committee work.

Amendment (by Mr Hird ) agreed to:

Paragraph (2), add the following words: "and that Mr Hird be appointed in his place".

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Alteration to Reporting Date

MS TUCKER (11.16): I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 1 July 1999 which appointed the Select Committee on Housing, be amended by:

    1. omitting from paragraph (1) "by 30 November 1999" and substituting "by 31 March 2000"; and
    2. by adding the following paragraphs:

"(3) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Committee has completed its inquiry, the Committee may send its Report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker who is authorised to give directions for its printing, circulation and publication; and

(4) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.".

The committee was due to report on 30 November. We are seeking an extension of that reporting date to 31 March. We have had some delays which have been an influence. The Government's submission did not arrive until 30 September. We cannot hear government officials until 29 November because of members' commitments and the sitting pattern.

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