Page 3567 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 26 August 2008

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Drive and Numeralla Street is outside the worst 500 intersections in the ACT on the basis of crashes over the last two years.

In that context, my Department has no immediate plans for upgrades at either of these intersections but will continue to monitor the situation for any changes that might occur.

Privileges—Select Committee


MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (10.33): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 1 July 2008, I present the following report:

Privileges—Select Committee—Report—Examination of alleged misuse of position by a Committee Chair and unauthorised dissemination of committee proceedings, dated 25 August 2008, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted

As members would be aware, the committee was established on 1 July by the Assembly to consider whether Mr Stefaniak acted without the authority of the committee when he made the request to Mr Corbell for certain documents, as outlined in his letter of 16 June 2008; how Mr Corbell became aware of the fact that the committee had not authorised the letter; and whether this constituted a breach of privilege by Mr Stefaniak.

The committee inquiry received written submissions from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Ms MacDonald, Mr Stefaniak and the secretary of the committee office. We also received evidence from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Mr Stefaniak at hearings held on 13 and 14 August.

Based on these submissions and evidence, the committee made five findings and four recommendations. I will detail each of these briefly, for the interest of members, as they demonstrate the committee’s thought process and how we arrived at our final position.

The committee has found that Mr Stefaniak acted without the authority of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs when he made his request to the minister for certain documents. In reaching this finding, the committee determined that it had become the practice of the legal affairs committee for the chair to instruct the committee to draft letters to individuals seeking information. The committee secretary then usually, but not always, copied that piece of correspondence to other committee members for their approval.

The committee secretary admitted in her evidence that she had omitted to provide copies of the document in question to all committee members. Mr Stefaniak notes that, whilst he could not recall not seeing the circulation, he had not thought much of its

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