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lot of politics involved but the nature of it is that members contribute to the committees in a range of forms. I see no reason why Ms Burch cannot contribute to those committees as effectively as any other member of this place.

Clearly, there are matters that members of the opposition have concerns about. There are matters that all of us are looking to see some of the answers on. But there is no reason in my mind why Ms Burch cannot make those contributions on those committees, just as other members of this place do. There are certainly members of some of the committees that I have reservations about. That does not mean I do not believe they should be on those committees.

It is, I think, a clearly political attack. It is designed to further seek to drag Ms Burch through the mud. I think that it is entirely inappropriate to make the suggestion that she cannot contribute to the committees, and on that basis I will not be supporting Mr Hanson’s amendment today.

Question put:

That Mr Hanson’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mr Coe

Mrs Jones

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 40

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 40, dated 2 February 2016, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 40 contains the committee’s comments on eight bills, 18 pieces of subordinate legislation, four government responses, one Speaker response and proposed government amendments to the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (No 2). The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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