Page 2633 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 8

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (10.01): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 8, dated 8 August 2017, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS JONES: Scrutiny report 8 contains the committee’s comments on three bills, 147 pieces of subordinate legislation and one government response. The report contains the committee’s comments on three bills which were introduced during the last sitting week. While on this occasion the committee has been able to report on those bills, members should be aware that the committee’s ability to do so is severely constrained when only one non-sitting week is scheduled between sitting periods.

The committee asks that members and ministers desiring to have their legislation debated in a sitting period immediately following a one-week break after introduction be conscious that they may be asking the Assembly to debate bills in the absence of scrutiny committee commentary on the legislation because of the short time frame.

This is a situation which I am sure members would consider highly undesirable and contrary to established practice. To assist with the orderly consideration of Assembly business, the committee also asks that when the Assembly sets the annual sitting pattern for the next sitting year and subsequently, single-week breaks be avoided. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee

Report—government response

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.03): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018—Government response, including the Government response to the Pegasus Economics report Review of the ACT Budget 2017-18, dated August  2017.

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