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I would like to thank my ministerial staff, past and present: Kim Fischer, Mark Kulasingham, Jim Mallett, Stacey Pegg, Jennie Mardel, Geoff Gosling, Andrew Barr, Liz Lopa, Ian McNeill, Caitlin Bessel and Maria Vincent. Of course, I thank all of my dedicated and professional department liaison officers—specifically, Lee-Anne Wahren, Jenny Whichelo, Geoff Virtue and Keith Ward.
Finally, I would like to thank my ministerial staff, as I have just done, and also my colleagues Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher, Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell. It has been a tremendous honour and a privilege working in cabinet with you. My ministerial work may be coming to an end but I am looking forward enthusiastically to working on the backbench and to the next chapter in my political career.
Finally, Mr Speaker, from a parliamentarian’s perspective, the greatest joy I had was working for the constituents of Brindabella in the first three years of my term. I intend to enjoy the last three years of my term working for the people of Brindabella. I also signal, of course, if I did not do it already, that I will not be contesting the 2012 election. I wish everybody who does so the very best of luck.
Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee
MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.11), by leave: I move:
That the resolution of the Assembly of 25 February 2009 referring the issue of live community events to the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services be amended by omitting the words “by the first sitting day in October 2009” and substituting “by the last sitting day in December 2009”.
The Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services needs to seek an extension of the Assembly reporting time for the inquiry into live community events. I reflect that the committee recently noted, after receiving a government submission, that the Cultural Ministers Council working group on contemporary music development is currently developing a best practice guide for the development of a legislative and regulatory environment supporting live music and entertainment. The committee believes that this guide is likely to be of relevance to its inquiry into live community events, and wishes, therefore, to have an opportunity to properly consider the guide before reporting to the Assembly.
The best practice guide is scheduled to be considered by the Cultural Ministers Council at its next meeting on 24 October 2009. I have already written to the Chief Minister to ask that a copy of the best practice guide be provided to the committee once it has been approved. The committee, therefore, seeks an extension to the Assembly reporting time frame for this inquiry from the current requirement to report today, being the first sitting day in October 2009, to the last sitting day in December 2009 in order to consider the Cultural Ministers Council’s working group guide.
Question resolved in the affirmative.