Page 47 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 9 December 2008

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That Mrs Dunne’s amendment No 1 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 11

Mr Coe

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.45), by leave: I move amendment No 4 circulated in my name:

Omit (1)(e), substitute:

“(1)(e) a Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services to examine matters related to planning, land management, proposed capital works projects in the public sector, including works undertaken by territory owned corporations, and municipal transport services and heritage;”.

I gathered from the comments made by members that members may be minded to support this amendment, which raises the status of public works scrutiny in the standing committee where it is established and ensures that members have the remit to undertake scrutiny of capital works undertaken by territory-owned corporations. I think in this present environment with major capital works being undertaken by Actew that this is most important. I commend the amendment to the chamber.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.47): The government will be supporting this amendment. We acknowledge that there is a view that public works matters should be dealt with through this committee. We have no objection to that. I think it is worth noting that public works are not unscrutinised under the arrangements that were proposed, insofar as relevant standing committees could deal with public works relating to each of those portfolio areas in their own fashion. However, I think there is some value in capturing the work of territory-owned corporations, particularly given the fairly large-scale capital works activities that a number of territory-owned corporations will be undertaking over the next couple of years, in particular Actew.

I now seek leave to move an amendment to Mrs Dunne’s amendment No 4 to insert the words “sport and recreation” after the word “heritage”.

Leave granted.

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