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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2331 ..

(3) At the joint committees first meeting, before proceeding to other business, the members present shall elect a presiding member and a deputy presiding member.

(4) A quorum for joint meetings of the committees for the purpose of this resolution shall be four members.

(5) Joint minutes of proceedings on this inquiry shall be recorded for all joint meetings of the Committee.

(6) Except where provided for in this resolution, the standing orders of the Legislative Assembly shall govern the conduct of business of joint meetings of the committees.

(7) This motion shall cease to have effect on the presentation to the Assembly of the joint report.

(8) The foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect, notwithstanding the provision of the standing orders.

Motion (by Ms Gallagher ) put:

That the debate be now adjourned.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes, 9

Noes, 6

Mr Berry

Mr Quinlan

Mr Cornwell

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Dundas

Ms Tucker

Mr Humphries

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Wood

Ms MacDonald

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.

Estimates 2002-2003-Select Committee

MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition) (12.17): Mr Speaker, I move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper relating to the alteration of the reporting date for the Select Committee on Estimates 2002-2003:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 6 June 2002 which established the Select Committee on Estimates 2002-2003 be amended by omitting "by 15 August 2002" and substituting the words "by 19 August 2002".

This motion is being moved because the timetable foreshadowed by the estimates committee needs to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of a minister, who is not available during the time the estimates committee originally proposed to take evidence. It means the committee will report four days later than originally foreshadowed. That provides the government with approximately eight days in which to prepare a response, before this house comes back to debate the appropriation bill on which the estimates committee report will be based. This does reduce slightly the time available to the government, but I note that there have been tighter timeframes for governments in recent years to produce a response from an estimates committee report.

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