Page 1208 - Week 04 - Thursday, 26 March 2015

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The other compounding factor which I am not sure members are aware of is that it is my understanding that the next prevalence study on problem gaming in the ACT is due some time in July, if not August. It would be strange if that were delayed for any reason or if the committee got it, for instance, in late August or early September. I am not saying it will happen, but I foreshadow that if you suddenly get a significant document that has additional information that may or may not impact on the outcome of the inquiry, committees have sometimes come back to the Assembly and sought an extension. Given the timing, nature and content of the next prevalence study, September may prove to be a very short time frame, particularly as, one would assume, we would get the commission and the authors to have a chat with the committee.

In that regard, again, as chair, not pre-empting any of the decisions that the augmented PAC might take, I note there is the provision that committees can always present interim reports, and that may be something that happens, depending on whatever is contained in the prevalence study or the need to get other decisions made and out into the community as quickly as we can.

With that, I thank members for their support. I am sure the Chief Minister, who has just joined us, will be pleased that somebody has been able to bring a bipartisan approach to this. I note Ms Burch still has not, and now will not need to, move her motion that sits on the notice paper, so it will eventually lapse. I look forward to the outcomes of this inquiry on what is a very valuable part of the ACT community in terms of both social and economic impact.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS PORTER (Ginninderra): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs for the Eighth Assembly relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

Continuing resolution 5A was agreed to by the Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2012. The requirements of the resolution set out a transparency mechanism to promote accountability in the consideration of statutory appointments. The resolution requires relevant standing committees which consider statutory appointments to report on a six-monthly basis and present a schedule listing appointments considered during the applicable period.

The schedule is required to include the statutory appointments considered and, for each appointment, the date the request from the responsible minister for consultation was received and the date the committee’s feedback was provided.

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