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explanation and the member can then move that the Assembly take note of the explanation or the member can move that the explanation is not satisfactory. I refer members to that so that they can use the standing order appropriately.

Canberra Hospital—infrastructure

MR WALL (Brindabella) (3.42), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the independent arbiter has not upheld the Government’s claim of executive privilege over the ACT Health Infrastructure Asset Condition Report and Minor Works Priorities (the report), prepared by AECOM Australia Pty Ltd;

(2) calls on the Clerk to table the report in accordance with standing order 213A, by the conclusion of this sitting day; and

(3) upon the report being tabled, authorises its publication.

I will speak very briefly to this. The motion is fairly straightforward and relates to the document that was called for under standing order 213A a number of months ago, which is the report prepared by AECOM Australia: the ACT Health infrastructure asset condition report and minor works priorities. Whilst there was a claim of privilege made by the government relating to this document, that claim was not upheld.

Standing order 213A (10) states:

If the independent legal arbiter does not uphold the claim of privilege, the Clerk will table the document(s) that has been the subject of the claim of privilege. In the event that the Assembly is not sitting, the Clerk is authorised to release the document to any Member.

My understanding is that the interpretation of that standing order is that if the Assembly is not sitting when the determination is made it is not automatically tabled. Therefore, this motion simply calls for, as the standing orders intend, the document to be presented to the Assembly and authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Madam Acting Speaker presented the following papers:

Ethics and Integrity Adviser for Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, pursuant to Continuing Resolution 6A of the Assembly of 10 April 2008, as amended 21 August 2008—Report for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, dated 7 July 2017.

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