Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 7 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 1961 ..
The Assembly met at 10.30 am.
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
MR SPEAKER: I would like to recognise the presence in the gallery of students from Garran Primary School who are studying local government. Welcome to your Assembly!
MR HIRD (10.31): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion to alter the reporting requirements for the inquiry by the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services into the Utilities Bill 2000 and the Utilities (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2000.
MR HIRD: I thank members. Mr Speaker, the committee needs some extra time to complete its report on the Utilities Bill. To give the house some idea of how much time we need, I expect to have a draft report in my hands at the end of next week, and I hope that the committee can release the final document by Friday, 14 July 2000. That is within two weeks. The passing of this motion today will give us extra time by removing the reporting date and allowing us to report out of session.
Members will not be surprised that the committee needs some extra time, given the demands made upon many of us by the estimates process, in particular my two colleagues, Mr Rugendyke and Mr Corbell, who chairs the Estimates Committee. I move:
That the resolution of the Assembly of 2 March 2000, referring the Utilities Bill 2000 and the Utilities (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2000 to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services for inquiry and report, be amended by omitting paragraph (3) and substituting the following paragraph:
"(3) that if the Assembly is not sitting when the Committee has completed it 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.".
Question resolved in the affirmative.