Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 9 Hansard (7 September) . . Page.. 2961 ..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
Finally, there have been minor housekeeping amendments to the road transport legislation, including some renumbering and the specification of the end of transitional provisions as calendar dates rather than in the form "in two years", et cetera.
Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves ) adjourned.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (10.57): I move:
That notwithstanding the resolution of the Assembly of 28 April 1998 establishing standing committees:
(1) the annual and financial reports for the financial year 1999-2000 presented to the Assembly pursuant to the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995 stand referred, on presentation, to the relevant standing committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in February 2001;
(2) if the Assembly is not sitting when a committee completes it inquiry, that committee may send the relevant report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publication and circulation;
(3) that, notwithstanding standing order 229, only one standing committee may meet for the consideration of the inquiry into the 1999-2000 Annual and Financial Reports at any given period of time; and
(4) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
Mr Speaker, under the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995, all financial year reports should be presented to ministers by 8 September 2000 and then tabled in the Legislative Assembly within six days. This year reports should be tabled within the sitting weeks of 10 to 12 October and 17 to 19 October.
This motion is necessary to provide the basis for referral of annual reports to the appropriate Assembly committees. It takes the same approach as we took last year. Portfolio committees develop expertise in particular areas and are the best committees for considering annual reports from each portfolio.
This motion also includes a requirement, introduced last year, that no standing committee meet at the same time as another one is meeting. This simply recognises that some members sit on more than one committee.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered that Executive business be called on.