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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Matters of public importance

Ruling by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, this morning five members of the opposition each lodged a matter of public importance concerning the importance of reopening Hall, Tharwa, Flynn and Cook primary schools.

Standing order 130 states that a matter on the notice paper must not be anticipated by a matter of public importance, an amendment or other less effective form of proceeding. Private members’ business order of the day No 13 listed on today’s notice paper also calls on the ACT government to immediately commence the process to reopen Hall, Tharwa, Flynn and Cook primary schools.

At page 276 of the Companion to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly, it notes that Speakers have previously ruled MPIs out of order on the ground that the matter anticipated debate on the notice paper. Accordingly, I have ruled that the matters submitted by those members are out of order, and they were not included in the ballot for today’s MPI.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 16

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 16, dated 7 December 2009, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 16 contains the committee’s comments on eight bills and three pieces of subordinate legislation, six government responses and government amendments to the Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008. The report was circulated to members of the Assembly when it was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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