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(b) one Member to be nominated by the Opposition; and

(c) one Member to be nominated by the Greens;

to be notified in writing to the Speaker by 4 pm on the next sitting day;

(2) the Committee is to report to the Assembly by 31 August 2009;

(3) if the Committee is not sitting when the Committee has completed its inquiry, 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; and

(4) the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (12.33): The government will not support the proposal. We think this is really a stunt. I will say just two points in relation to it: (1), I am pleased that the Speaker has been able to identify funds within his budget for a select committee; and, (2), I do need to draw attention to the fact that it occurs to the government that it is somewhat surprising that the Liberal Party and the Greens do not have time for a major inquiry into road safety but they do have time for an inquiry into a political stunt.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.34): We will be supporting the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.34 to 2 pm.

Personal explanation

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women): Yesterday in question time I answered a question from Mr Smyth, when I made certain comments which were not correct. I would like to correct the record and apologise to the Assembly for my error.

There are two comments which I made in answer to Mr Smyth’s question. One, I said:

… the revised budget outcome is reported on twice a year … and that has always been the way of things in this place …

This statement was not correct. The revised budget outcome was recorded in monthly reports until June 2001, when the Liberal government changed the reporting requirements in the Financial Management Act to quarterly reports, recognising that the move to quarterly reporting would provide more meaningful information to the Assembly.

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