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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1965 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I recommend to the house that they seriously consider these amendments.

Amendments negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Government agency annual reports-reporting dates

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (12.04 am): I move:

That the Assembly:

notes the provisions for tabling of annual reports under the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995 and audited annual financial statements of the Territory under the Financial Management Act 1996 would result in these documents not being available before the last scheduled sitting day of this Assembly; and

agrees that the annual reports and audited financial statements of the Territory for 2000-2001 be provided by portfolio Ministers to Members before the 20 October 2001 Assembly election, with a target date of 28 September 2001 for annual reports and 5 October 2001 for the audited annual financial statements of the Territory.

The motion, which appears on the notice paper in my name, is fairly self-explanatory. There has already been discussion in this place about the need to ensure that there is a capacity for annual reports to be available to members in reasonable time prior to the election on 20 October. It necessitates some change in the usual procedure to allow that to occur. My motion will provide that it is possible for those annual reports to be produced by a date in September and for them to be produced out of session-that is, not to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly before they are made public. By doing so, members will have the chance to see the documents; indeed, the documents will be presented under privilege, which is the purpose of this motion. On the assumption that there is no opposition to this, I leave those remarks as the support for this motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Waste Minimisation Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 3 May 2001, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


(12.06 am): Mr Speaker, earlier in the week we debated a proposal from Ms Tucker to have recyclable implements and utensils for eat-in food. At the time I indicated that the Labor Party would not be supporting that proposal because we believed a more comprehensive approach was enclosed within this particular bill. So it

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