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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, 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.

Independent workplace audit

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, I wish to give an update on the review that the Assembly directed me to commission by resolution on 14 February 2012 regarding the independent workplace audit of the Leader of the Opposition’s staffing arrangements. Members will recall that in the statement I made to the Assembly on Thursday, 23 February 2012 I informed the Assembly that I expected to be in a position to update the Assembly on the timing of the report of the audit during this period of sittings.

Mr McLeod has written to me to indicate that the review is progressing satisfactorily, that he is confident that it can be completed before the Easter break and that if that timetable cannot be met he will write to me again.

Given the likelihood that the report will be received whilst the Assembly is not sitting, and given that it is my intention to provide all members with a copy of the review, I am intending to raise this matter with the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure to establish if there is a wish to pass a resolution in the Assembly authorising printing, publication and distribution of the report when the Assembly is not sitting.


Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Corbell, Attorney-General, dated 9 March 2012, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Bresnan on 8 December 2011 concerning drug laws and policies.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Drugs—petition No 127

The response read as follows:

The ACT Government notes the petition submitted by the petitioners, lodged by Ms Bresnan MLA on 8 December 2011, and makes the following comments:

The petitioners raise three issues for consideration by the ACT Government. For clarity, these issues will be considered in three sections titled:

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