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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) . . Page.. 1125 ..

Page and Hughes are meant to be the next ACT age-friendly suburbs. Local residents have been invited to help identify path and road safety improvements. They are the fifth and sixth ACT suburbs in the age-friendly suburbs program. With this petition that has been presented by my colleague Mrs Kikkert today, the people of Page have identified their priority list of improvements. What they want to see is a result coming back from the consultation, a result coming back from the petition, and they want the actual work done in Page.

When you think that Ainslie and Weston were the third and fourth age-friendly suburbs, and Page and Hughes are the fifth and sixth in 2017 and 2018, given the number of suburbs in the ACT, we will finish the age-friendly program, if we continue at the current rate, in 108 years time, in 2125. Mr Barr, for example, will be over 150 years old. What does this mean with respect to taking seniors seriously and making sure that our suburbs are age friendly?

I commend the petition to the Assembly and I look forward to the minister’s response. I say well done to the residents of Page for providing the government with this excellent resource regarding what they would like to see in their suburb.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 16

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (10.12): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 16, dated 3 April 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MS LEE: Scrutiny report 16 contains the committee’s comments on four bills, 27 pieces of subordinate legislation, five national regulations and four government responses. I draw to the attention of the Assembly the tight turnaround time in which the committee is required to consider scrutiny reports, this one in particular, taking into account the Easter break. Members may recall that the committee last year raised a concern about the constraint on our ability to provide thorough scrutiny of bills with such tight time frames, which puts additional pressure on the legal advisers to the committee and the committee secretariat. Noting that in August this year we will face a single-week break between sitting weeks, the committee once again asks that when the Assembly sets the annual sitting pattern, single sitting week breaks be avoided and longer public holiday periods be taken into account.

On behalf of the committee, I thank the legal advisers to the committee, Stephen Argument and Daniel Stewart, and the committee secretariat for their extra efforts in the preparation of this report, which was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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