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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4087 ..


Report on Joint Emergency Services Centre Proposal

MR OSBORNE (12.26): I present report No. 7 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, entitled "The Joint Emergency Services Centre (JESC) Proposal", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, the JESC proposal was a big issue in the first year of this Assembly, but I think I can say on behalf of the committee that we are pleased that the Government acted before we needed to finalise our report. One recommendation is about consultation with the community over location and size. As I said, the JESC proposal was a hot topic for a while. It was not supported by the committee, but the Government acted proactively and the matter went to the bottom of the list. I am pleased to say that the report is finalised. It is a very brief report, because the Government has acted. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries ) adjourned.


Reference - Cannabis Use

MR WOOD: I ask for leave to make a statement concerning the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care's new inquiry into certain aspects of cannabis use.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: On 8 December 1999 the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care resolved to inquire into and report on certain aspects of the use of cannabis. The terms of reference are:

Noting the reported effects on health of cannabis use and the ACT policy of harm minimisation, the Committee will inquire into and report on:

the role of legal sanctions in addressing uses of individual cannabis use;

the impact of the use of Simple Cannabis Offence Notices in responding to individual cannabis use; and

any other related matter.

I will report to the Assembly in due course.

Sitting suspended from 12.28 to 2.30 pm

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