Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2170 ..
(g) Minister Gallagher and Minister Barr both advised that, with the change of leadership and ministerial responsibilities, there had been unfortunate delays. The Ministers had written to the Committee regarding the delays.
(h) 49 days
(i) 182 days and 180 days, respectively
(j) Note that in 2011 there were no sitting days between 30 June and 16 August 2011. There was no capacity at that time for a government response to be “tabled out-of session”.
(3) Average of 241.5 days.
(4) Average of 32.25 days.
(5) The Speaker tables half yearly a summary of government responses to committee reports including outstanding responses from previous assemblies.
(6) The option to use standing order 254A is the prerogative of the Chair. The intention of the standing order was to seek an explanation as to why a response has not be provided and provide committees with an opportunity to follow up their committee reports.
(7) None, unless initiated by the Chair of the Committee.
Government responses are tracked by the Committee Office and the Speaker tables every six months a Schedule of Government Responses to Committee reports.
(8) No. Standing order 254A applies to current chairs of current committees.
A Member may however, propose a motion through the normal Assembly business process, requesting a response or alternatively use the Questions on Notice process.
(9) No. Standing order 16 requires that in the third year of an Assembly term it shall inquire into and report on the operation of the standing orders and continuing resolutions of the Assembly with a view to ensuring that the practices of the Assembly remain relevant and reflect best practice. Any Member who considers a new standing order or an amended standing order is required could utilise that process if they so choose.
(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).
Legislative Assembly—tabling of government responses
(Question No 241)
Mr Coe asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 May 2017:
(1) Why has the Government not tabled a response to the Justice and Community Safety Standing Committee’s Report No. 12 of 2015: Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 and the Crimes (Offences against Police) Amendment Bill 2012 presented to the Assembly on 5 June 2012 during the Seventh Assembly.
(2) Will a response to the report in part (1) be tabled in the Ninth Assembly; if so, what deadline will be set for the response to be tabled before the Assembly; if not, explain why no response will be forthcoming from the Government.