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Leave granted.


That the resolution of the Assembly of 7 June 2007, which referred the issue of water use and management to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment for inquiry and report, be amended by omitting “March 2008” and substituting “August 2008”.

MR SPEAKER: Do you wish to speak to the motion?

MR GENTLEMAN: Just quickly, to bring members up to date. The terms of reference of the inquiry into water use and management required that the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment inquire into the best options for the ACT government investment in maintaining a suitable water supply. Since this inquiry was referred on 7 June last year, the committee has reported on a number of inquiries, including inquiries into the ACT as a UNESCO biosphere reserve; the ACTION buses; the sustainable transport plan; and three draft variations to the territory plan. The committee anticipates that a number of draft variations to the territory plan will be referred to it this year, in addition to the Namadgi national park draft plan of management, which was referred to the committee for consideration in late December.

We have just heard how busy committees can be, through the debate on the health and disability committee report on annual and financial reports. In light of the above work from my committee, the planning and environment committee seeks to extend the reporting time frame for this inquiry to the last sitting day in August so that it may complete its examination of the matters and conduct further public hearings, if necessary.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 51

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Scrutiny report 51 of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 51 contains the committee’s comments on five bills, 36 pieces of subordinate legislation, five government responses and one regulatory impact statement. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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