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(7) the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

This is the standard motion that is moved at this time of the year to establish a select committee for the inquiry into budget estimates for the upcoming financial year’s appropriation. Similarly to last year, and consistent with the make-up of the Assembly, the motion proposes that two members be nominated from the government, two from the opposition and one from the Greens, with the committee to be chaired by a member of the opposition. I note that that is also in accordance with the government’s parliamentary agreement with the Greens.

I understand that some members, particularly members of the government, wish to have a bit more discussion of and inquiry into the format of estimates this year. I believe that the government whip is about to adjourn this motion for it to be referred to admin and procedure to be inquired into very rapidly and reported back on next week, so I will leave it for that to happen.

Debate (on motion by Ms Cheyne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Reference to committee

MR WALL (Brindabella) (12.07), by leave: I move:

That Assembly business notice No 1 be referred to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure to inquire into the establishment of an Estimates Committee for this year, but also to inquire into any other matter pertaining to the conduct of Estimates in the Assembly going forward, with a reporting date of no later than the 22nd of this month.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 5

MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (12.08): I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 5—Review of Continuing Resolution 9—Senator for the Australian Capital Territory—Procedures for Election, dated 14 February 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (12.08): I move:

That the report be noted.

I will just speak briefly to this report, on behalf of the committee. Members will recall that at its meeting on Thursday, 30 November 2017, the Assembly passed a resolution regarding the appointment of senators to casual vacancies. It noted the recent issues of eligibility for members of the federal parliament, and asked the admin and procedures

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