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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3750 ..

Scrutiny Report No 15

MR OSBORNE: I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Standing Committee-Scrutiny Report No 15-dated 29 August 2001.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: This report contains information on the Payroll Tax Amendment Bill we passed this morning. I commend the report to the Assembly.

MR HARGREAVES: I seek leave to speak to the report.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I do not want to refer to the content of this report but to record my appreciation for the role of our support staff, particularly Peter Bayne, who interprets the legalese for the non-lawyers on the committee. He explains it in plain language for us. He is an incredible help. The quality of the committee's reports to the Assembly over the last 31/2 years is testimony to Peter's expertise.

Celia Harsdorf also deserves special mention. She goes through the regulations. I am blessed if I know how she does that. I cannot read them. Thank God we have Celia Harsdorf.

I also express appreciation to Tom Duncan and Mark McRae for the guidance they have given us. The conferences I have attended representing the committee as the leader of the delegation have been daunting. Were it not for the assistance of Tom Duncan, Peter Bayne and Celia Harsdorf, it would have been much more difficult. I have learnt an enormous amount not only in the context of those conferences but also through the events associated with them. I know I speak for the committee in expressing appreciation of the support staff. It has been brilliant.

MR OSBORNE: I seek leave to speak again.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: I too would like to thank our committee support team-Celia, Tom and Peter-for their assistance throughout the last 31/2 years. Obviously, on a committee like this you do need that expertise, and I feel that we were well served this term.

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