Page 565 - Week 02 - Thursday, 16 February 2017

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(3) an Opposition Member shall be elected chair of the Committee by the Committee;

(4) funds be provided by the Assembly to permit the engagement of external expertise to work with the Committee to facilitate the analysis of the Budget and the preparation of the report of the Committee;

(5) the Committee is to report by Tuesday, 1 August 2017;

(6) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Committee has completed its inquiry, the Committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publishing and circulation; and

(7) the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

As is customary at this time of year I propose that a select committee on estimates be established. Consistent with the structure of the past, the opposition is proposing that there be two members nominated by the government, two by the opposition, and one member of the Greens. We are requesting that those nominees be made in the next couple of hours or so. We believe it is important to get the committee up and going as soon as possible so things such as the appointment of a specialist adviser and the schedule can be sorted out as quickly as possible.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.31): I move:

(1) notes that:

(a) omnibus amendment bills are a useful tool to make minor policy, technical and editorial amendments to various pieces of legislation;

(b) these omnibus amendment bills enable legislation to be kept up to date and respond to changing circumstances and/or fix errors; and

(c) these omnibus amendment bills are designed for minor and non-controversial amendments only; and

(2) refers the question of omnibus amendment bills to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure to examine the general basis of omnibus amendment bills and provide some guidance or principles to Members as to what constitutes minor or technical changes, as opposed to substantive changes.

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