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That is how it should work, Mr Speaker. I think we would all agree with that. The report goes on, at paragraph 3.40, to say:

A whole-of-government office accommodation strategy is a significant high level document which should be used to inform the decision making process for the construction of a new government office building. On the basis of the evidence, the Committee has reservations that the development of the Strategy, rather than informing what the decision should be, will, in the main, accommodate the decision.

At 3.41 the committee goes on to say:

The Committee believes that this would be contrary to the purpose and intent of strategic planning.

That leads us then to recommendation 3, which says:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government whole-of-government office accommodation strategy should be finalised, and considered by the ACT Legislative Assembly, prior to any final decision, or awarding of any contract, with regard to the whole-of-government office building project.

I think that is a very wise recommendation. The committee resolved to table this as an interim report. We would like to see the detail. We would like to make sure that we get this decision right, given the importance—socially, economically and environmentally—of such a decision. We would like the government to comply with the recommendations as put here that this analysis is made available before any decision is put into the public realm.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 32

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 32, dated 10 February 2011, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report No 32 contains the committee’s comments on six bills, seven pieces of subordinate legislation, 10 government responses and one private member’s response. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I would like to highlight to members that the committee has rescheduled its sitting program for this year so as to give members more advance warning of comments before a sitting period. As a general rule, we will be sitting on the Thursday before sittings, except when there are double sittings, and this will give members

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