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feature in this year’s education budget will be a response in relation to these issues, particularly matters of demand and also implementation of those recommendations. I note the particular interest of Mrs Dunne and look forward to her considered contribution to the debate. We have seen this morning, of course, the range of contributions that you get in debates in this area from the somewhat—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Let us hear from Mr Barr.

MR BARR: pathetic and outrageously political, through to a more considered contribution. We look forward, of course, to—

Mr Smyth: Politics from politicians! It is truly amazing. I’m just shocked, Mr Barr!

MR BARR: There are those, Mr Smyth, who seek to characterise their contributions to the public policy and debate by way of seeking genuine outcomes and then, when it comes into this place, it is all about grandstanding. But anyway, that is for them to determine how they wish to contribute. Again, I thank members for their contributions, I thank the committee, and I look forward to this year’s budget.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee


MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (11.47): I move:


(1) pursuant to standing order 214, the exposure draft of the Election Commitments Costing Bill 2011, presented on 10 March 2011, be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for inquiry and report;

(2) the Attorney-General be appointed as a member of the Committee for the purposes of the inquiry; and

(3) appropriate resources from the Government and Parliamentary Counsel be provided to assist the Committee in the inquiry.

I am moving this motion today to trial a more collaborative approach to the work of the committees and to the development of legislation in the Assembly. All members would have received the letter from the Speaker concerning a proposal for Assembly committees to meet collaboratively with the executive to progress legislation in the Assembly. I will outline key issues from that letter.

The committee chairs have been discussing the matter of Assembly committees meeting collaboratively with the executive. Concern was raised with the original proposal in the parliamentary agreement for committee chairs to meet with ministers, following advice sought from the Clerk by me.

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