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ensuring that the subject of that inquiry has an opportunity to see the final product within plenty of time for that report to be digested, it is important that we allow the Speaker to authorise that report for publication and circulation.

Whilst the subject of any audit gets a look at it and gets an opportunity to make comment on it, that is usually a comment on the draft, not the actual final. I believe that the phrase “justice delayed is—

Mr Corbell: Justice denied.

MR HARGREAVES: justice denied. Thank you, Attorney. I would get that from the first law officer of the territory, wouldn’t I? I believe that phrase is true. What we do not want to have is any sort of sword of Damocles hanging over anybody. I do believe that the final product ought to be available, in particular, to the subject of that particular investigation. So I move this motion merely as an administrative way of achieving that and I recommend this motion to the chamber.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Water—Lake Burley Griffin

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (12.04), by leave:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 30 March 2011, as amended by the Assembly on 28 August 2011, which required the Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainability to investigate the state of water courses and catchments for Lake Burley Griffin and to report to the Assembly by 30 March 2012, be amended by omitting the words “30 March 2012” and substituting the words “last sitting day in May 2012”.

On 30 March last year the Assembly agreed to investigate the state of the water courses and catchments for Lake Burley Griffin.

The investigation was to be conducted by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and was designed to scope a wide range of parameters. These included possible improvements for managing water quality and the appropriateness of the current protocols for lake closures; identifying the causes of lower water quality, including possible resource implications of addressing them; jurisdictional implications for water quality management of the lake; and the implications of these findings for the ACT’s other major recreational waterways such as Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong.

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