Page 2963 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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(8) This resolution has effect from the date of its passage in the Assembly and continues in force unless and until amended or repealed by this or a subsequent Assembly.

I will just speak very briefly. This has come forward from the administration and procedure committee in relation to a recommendation that came down from the privileges committee.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.13): While we are not opposing this, the Canberra Liberals would like to put on the record that we are not convinced of the necessity for this provision. I have been assured by the Clerk that one day I will be grateful for it, but I cannot see that yet. We do not oppose it; we just do not know that it adds anything to the standing orders and continuing resolutions.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.13): This proposed continuing resolution provides for a clear mechanism around how claims for public interest immunity will be managed through committee hearing processes. This is a sensible reform. It clarifies how public servants will operate in relation to these matters when giving evidence before Assembly committees and also clarifies the role of ministers in determining whether or not such claims should be made. This is an important clarification of the operation of the standing orders. The government will be supporting it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing and temporary orders—amendment

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (11.14): I move:

That the following amendment be made to the standing and temporary orders of the Assembly:

Omit standing order 168(c), substitute:

“168(c) on the calling on of the notice a Member shall present to the Assembly two printed copies of the bill signed by that Member and an explanatory statement to the bill; and”.

Again I will be very brief. This is again a matter which is brought before the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure. It is something that the Greens support. That is all I need to say on this matter as well.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing and temporary orders—new standing order 229C

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (11.15): I move:

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