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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2881 ..

Wednesday, 20 August 2003

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand and pray or reflect on their duties to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Business-Speaker's ruling

MR SPEAKER: Members, yesterday Ms MacDonald lodged a notice concerning the recent report by the Standing Committee on Health on childhood obesity entitled The importance of educating young people about health and other related matters. Standing order 130 states that a matter on the notice paper must not be anticipated by a matter of public importance, an amendment or other less effective form of proceedings.

Assembly business order of the day No 2, which is listed on today's notice paper, concerns a motion to take note of the Standing Committee on Health's report No 4 entitled Looking at the health of school aged children in the ACT. It is scheduled to be debated tomorrow.

Having carefully considered the issues, I have concluded that the notice would be anticipating debate on the item listed on the notice paper for tomorrow. I am therefore ruling Ms MacDonald's notice out of order as it contravenes standing order 130.

Inquiry into the Operational Response to the January 2003 Bushfires

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (10.31): Mr Speaker, yesterday I tabled the government response to the report of inquiry into the operational response to the January 2003 bushfires in the ACT. For the benefit of members, I table a corrected and the agreed government response to the report of inquiry. I present the following paper:

Operational Response to the January 2003 Bushfires in the ACT-Report of Inquiry-Revised Government Response, dated August 2003.

Unfortunately, yesterday the document tabled included a small number of errors not corrected in final proofing prior to tabling. The most significant of these relate to the government's position on recommendations 29, 30 and 57. These recommendations are stated as being agreed rather than agreed in principle, although it was pointed out in the detailed response that further work is now being undertaken to determine the precise manner in which they will be implemented to meet the intent of the recommendations.

I regret, Mr Speaker, that the decision that the cabinet, or the government, took to agree to recommendations 29, 30 and 57, and not to agree in principle as stated in the draft response, was not actually relayed to officers preparing the final copy of the government response. So the amendment is to remove the words "in principle", as attached to the word "agreed", in relation to recommendations 29, 30 and 57.

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