Page 4644 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 31 October 2017

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In this scrutiny report the committee has drawn the Legislative Assembly’s attention to this national law, under principle (2) of the committee’s terms of reference on the basis that in this case the absence of an explanatory statement does not meet the technical or stylistic standards expected by the committee in relation to explanatory statements.

It is important that the Legislative Assembly’s capacity to scrutinise and amend this national law be clarified before any opportunity to amend or disallow this national law has expired. The time frames the committee has to deal with are difficult enough without there being delays to the committee’s scrutiny process as a result of the appropriate explanatory material not being provided when legislation is introduced, made or tabled. As a result, the committee requires a response from the minister on this issue as a matter of urgency. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.46), by leave: I note Mrs Jones’s brief comments on the scrutiny committee’s work as it related to the national health practitioner regulation that I tabled last week in the chamber. This was, indeed, the ACT enacting a national law that has been under discussion for quite a period of time. My office noted there was no explanatory statement, sought advice from chamber support and was advised that it was not necessary. However, I note the scrutiny committee’s comments, and ACT Health are working on an explanatory statement which I hope to have available by tomorrow.

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.46): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism relating to petitions on arts funding referred to the committee. 0n 9 May 2017 the Assembly received petitions Nos 4-17 and 7-17 lodged by Ms Cheyne MLA. As the petitions contained over 500 signatures the Clerk wrote to the committee on 9 May to inform it that the petitions had been referred for consideration under standing order 99A. The committee took note of the government’s response to the petition and the government’s response to recommendations by the Select Committee on Estimates 2017-18 on arts funding.

On 12 October 2017 the committee met with Michael Sollis, Artistic Director, Education, Musica Viva Australia and director and composer with the Griffyn Ensemble, and Alison Plevey, professional dancer and choreographer. Mr Sollis and Ms Plevey are representatives of the organisers of the petition, the Canberra Arts Action Group. They briefed the committee about their particular concerns about project funding which allows independent artists to produce new works. The committee discussed arts funding, a ministerial advisory body and developments in the area since the petition was initiated.

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