Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1720 ..
MR WOOD (continuing):
ACT Bushfire Recovery Taskforce-"Completion of the Emergency Response", dated 7 May 2003.
InTACT, ACT Department of Treasury.
Emergency Services Bureau.
ACT Policing's, dated May 2003.
Department of Urban Services, dated 2 May 2003.
MR WOOD: I ask for leave to incorporate the related statement in Hansard.
The statement read as follows:
Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister has stated previously that submissions from Government agencies to the Inquiry into the Operational Response to the January Bushfires will be made public. In line with this, I today on behalf of the Chief Minister table those agencies submissions which have now been provided to the Inquiry.
These include submissions from the Chief Minister's Department, the Australian Federal Police, and the Departments of Treasury, Urban Services, Justice and Community Safety, and ACT Health. Submissions have also been provided by the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce (which incorporates input from Education, Youth and Family Services, Disability, Housing and Community Services, ACT Health, and ACT WorkCover) and also from InTACT.
It is important to note that these submissions have been prepared by agencies and, as such, represent the views of agency officials and not the Government. As the Inquiry will be reporting to the Government, it is appropriate that the Government respond to the Inquiry Report as a whole when it is released.
This reaffirms the Chief Minister's earlier commitment that all documents in the possession of the ACT Government will be provided to Mr McLeod and that the Inquiry will be one which is fully open and transparent.
Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee
Printing, publishing and circulation of report
MR HARGREAVES: I seek leave to move a motion to enable the tabling of the report of the Standing Committee on Community Services and Social Equity's inquiry into the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people out of session.
MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I move:
That if the Assembly is not sitting when the Standing Committee on Community Services and Social Equity has completed its inquiry into the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people, the committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publishing and circulation.
What has happened is that the committee went down the track and a whole stack of doors opened up and we decided that, sooner or later, we had to finish the inquiry. However,