Page 6007 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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What I can say though is that the Australian government has provided advice to the ACT government that the review of the self-government act is something that the ACT government could undertake of itself and that it would welcome any advice of the results of that review and would give it consideration.

Accordingly, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry to review the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth) and any associated regulations and make recommendations as to whether the act should be modified since it was enacted by the commonwealth parliament on 6 December 1988. The committee will be calling for submissions with a lodgement date of Friday, 16 March 2012.

It is expected that the review will canvass all aspects of the self-government act, including the role of the executive and the judiciary, the size of the executive and the Assembly and ensuring that the act remains relevant to the citizens of the ACT.

The committee is aware that there was an external review of the governance of the Australian Capital Territory in April 1998 but considers that a review by an Assembly committee offers the best opportunity to allow Canberra citizens to express a view on the self-government act.



MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (5.21): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Madam Deputy Speaker, given that it is the last sitting day of the year, I wish to express some thanks and also extend a farewell. Firstly, the farewell. Many people will know that Mr Kas Paul, who currently acts as a liaison officer in the Chief Minister’s office and the Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate, is retiring at the end of this year after an extended period of service with the ACT government. Many people will know Kas as the tall bloke who walks around the Assembly, particularly during sitting weeks, to keep us all on track in terms of the management of the government’s business.

I would like to express my particular thanks to Kas for the support he has provided to me as manager of government business over the term of this Assembly in particular, but, indeed, before that as well. Many people will know Kas and that he was a distinguished member of the Australian Defence Force serving as a senior member of the military police before coming to the ACT government service. Those who have worked closely with him will no doubt vouch for the military precision with which he carries out his duties, not to mention the underlying knowledge that he has the ability to take you out, should the circumstances warrant it.

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