Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 465 ..
Legal Affairs-Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement regarding a new inquiry.
MR STEFANIAK: At its meeting on 5 February 2002 the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs resolved to:
Inquire into and report on the priority areas for service delivery in the 2002-2003 ACT Budget in the areas of:
. Police and emergency services;
. Law and order;
. Consumer affairs;
. Community and individual rights;
. Civil liberties and human rights; and
. Governance and industrial relations.
With particular reference (but not limited) to:
. The adequacy of resources provided to meet current needs;
. Gaps in services; and
. Any duplication of services and areas identified for re-prioritization.
Planning and Environment-Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MRS DUNNE: I wish to make a statement pursuant to standing order 246A regarding a new inquiry.
MRS DUNNE: This is a bit dÃ©jÃ vu. On 18 January 2002 the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment agreed to undertake an inquiry into the delivery of services in programs that come within the committee's terms of reference. The committee was responding to an invitation made by the Treasurer in a statement to the Assembly on 13 December 2001 and repeated in a letter to the committee dated 20 December 2001.
The committee agreed that its inquiry should focus on gaps in the services provided, duplications of programs and areas where services could be enhanced. It also agreed to advertise in the press seeking written submissions and expressions of interest in the inquiry, with a view to holding public hearings.
The terms of reference of the inquiry are to examine the priority issues for the service delivery to be considered for the 2002-2003 budget in the areas of planning and land management, conservation and heritage, transport services and planning, the environment and ecological sustainability, with particular reference, but not limited to, the adequacy of resources provided to meet the current needs, gaps in services and any duplication of services and areas identified for reprioritisation.