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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3620 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

The Chief Minister spoke at length about matters internal to the Liberal Party. With great respect, he should restrict comment on matters he does not know fully about. I can assure him he does not know the full story about issues happening within the Liberal Party.

In some ways with my first-blush reading of this report, I am surprised at the report. A great deal of what was said before the committee was intemperate, extremely prejudicial and seems to me to have been based on things that were not properly secured or supported before the committee with evidence. But the committee, I note, discarded a great deal of that, and the report is strictly on what it sees as matters that were more substantially proven before the committee. Although I am not sure I agree with the finding of the committee, to the extent that it did that I think it has done a service to the committee process in this Assembly which, as I have said earlier in the life of this Assembly, has been diminished by processes in recent years.

I repeat that the opposition intends to consider this report very seriously, acknowledging that with each new decision made by the Assembly as a whole or by an Assembly committee standards are set by virtue of those decisions. Those standards, whether we like them or not, whether we agree with them or not, become standards by which the Assembly has to live. To that extent serious consideration of this report has to precede a proper debate about the contents of the report.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report No 9

MRS DUNNE (11.34): Mr Speaker, pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report No 9-Planning and Land Bill 2002 and Associated Legislation, dated 13 November 2002, together with extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising publication of the report.

Leave granted.


That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MRS DUNNE: I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, in presenting report No 9 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, relating to the Planning and Land Bill 2002, I have pleasure in presenting a unanimous report. The fact that it is a unanimous report may come as a surprise to many members. It is testament to the work of the committee.

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