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Amendment agreed to.

Clause 5, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of the bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 7

MRS DUNNE: I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 7—Inquiry into the Review of the Implementation of the Latimer House Principles in the Australian Capital Territory for the 8th Assembly, dated 27 October 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (5.10): I move:

That the report be noted.

I thank my fellow members of this committee—the presiding member, Mrs Dunne; Mr Rattenbury; and Mr Smyth—the committee secretary, Mr Duncan; and the assistant secretary, Ms Rafferty.

The first review of the implementation of the Latimer House principles in our Assembly was done in 2011. The second review, by Bill Burmester, Mark Evans, Meredith Edwards and Richard Reid, of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra, was released in 2015. The review’s 10 recommendations generally reflect the overall health of democracy in our Assembly and jurisdiction, but, as always, there is more that we can do.

Today we have tabled the administration and procedure standing committee’s inquiry report in response to the Latimer House principles review. We had submissions from the Chief Minister, the Auditor-General, the Human Rights Commission and the Chief Justice. We held hearings with the report authors. We noted that the distinction between the roles of the Legislative Assembly and the ACT government in some of their recommendations was unclear.

Our three recommendations were that the Assembly re-affirm our commitment to the Latimer House principles on the three branches of government; that all areas of government continue to adhere to and monitor the principles in all their activities; and that, in future reviews of the Latimer House principles and the governance of the ACT, consideration be given to engaging eminent constitutional law experts for the review scheduled for the ninth Assembly.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

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