Page 4928 - Week 13 - Thursday, 2 November 2017

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Speaker will agree to the person being removed. This bill will enable the Speaker to delegate this power to certain specified OLA staff so that the quick action that inevitably would be required can be taken.

Finally, a very minor amendment in this bill removes from the precincts act the reference to the members’ entrance canopy, which, as members may be aware, does not exist. Indeed, it was removed many years ago. So members need worry or wonder no more.

Mrs Dunne was pleased to be able to initiate the works now reflected in this bill. I thank the Speaker, particularly on Mrs Dunne’s behalf, for bringing forward these changes. The Canberra Liberals, as I have outlined, are pleased to support it.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (3.21): The Greens will also be supporting this bill today. Mr Gentleman and Mr Wall have given, I think, quite thorough and detailed commentary on the bill, so I do not intend to repeat that. Also having been part of the administration and procedures committee, I have been involved in the discussion prior to the tabling of the bill. A good part of this process is that the Speaker has undertaken that consultation with members of the committee. I consider that this bill presents a series of useful clarifications, tidy-ups and the fixing of anomalies that have already been outlined by other members. The Greens will be pleased to support both the bill and the subsequent amendments that the Speaker has advised will be moved in the detail stage.

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (3.22), in reply: Just very briefly, I want to thank Mr Gentleman, Mr Wall and Mr Rattenbury for their detailed and not so detailed responses but, more importantly, for their support for these amendments. As has been indicated, I will be moving some further amendments shortly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (3.23), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 3 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 4967].

I move these amendments following the receipt of advice from the Auditor-General, an officer of the Assembly, concerning doubts about the operation of parliamentary privilege in relation to the functions of the Auditor-General.

As members would be aware, the privileges of the Assembly derive from section 24 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and are expressed as being equivalent to those of the House of Representatives until the Assembly makes a law on that subject matter.

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