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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 August 2017) . . Page.. 2229 ..

better future for their community. I am glad the minister is here and can have a think about that.

We will support putting these two petitions to the committee because an ancient form of having your opinion heard in a parliament is to have people sign a petition in the community. I hope it is very clear to the government that the people of Farrer would like investment in their local community. It is just a matter of finding a pathway for this to occur; it does not have to cost a lot of money. Thank you to the people of Farrer, and I hope the government is listening.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee


MR WALL (Brindabella) (11.09): I present the following report:

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2017-2018- and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018-, dated 26 July 2017, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings and a schedule of outstanding answers to questions taken on notice and questions on notice, dated 1 August 2017.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Now that my role as chair has finished, I offer my thanks, first and foremost, to the committee secretary, Nicola Kosseck, for not only all the great work she did in putting together the final version of the report for us but also the preparation work that went into commissioning the external reviewer, scheduling the witnesses and the relevant ministers and coordinating the community surveys and the community groups that presented. I thank Hansard for their work, the attendants for shepherding guests and witnesses in and out of the hearings through the two weeks of the estimates committee, the many community groups that appeared and my fellow members on the committee, Mr Coe, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Cody and Mr Pettersson.

In contrast to past years of hearings of the estimates committee, I think it was a very constructive process, particularly through the deliberation stages. Most of us sought to find the areas where we could agree rather than focusing on the areas where we disagreed. Hopefully that is reflected in the report that has just been circulated.

This is the first time that the estimates process has been run since the expansion of the Assembly to 25 members, and I think it brought a change to the way that estimates was run previously. There was certainly much more involvement from backbenchers, from the opposition side but also from the government’s own backbench. At times it saw the number of visitors to the committee outnumbering the committee members themselves—as did the number of witnesses present before the committee at one

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