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Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 8

MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (11.21): I present the following paper:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 8—Review of the standing orders and continuing resolutions of the Legislative Assembly (2 volumes), undated, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (11.21): I seek leave to move a motion in relation to the committee’s report.

Leave granted.

MR WALL: I move:

That (a) Recommendations 1 and 2 be adopted to commence on 1 January 2019, and (b) Recommendations 3 to 12 be noted.

I will keep my comments very brief, noting that I believe the view of members is that having the report tabled today is the first opportunity for the Assembly as a whole to view the recommendations and the recommended changes to standing orders that were conducted by the admin and procedure committee. I think the intention of the Assembly, at this stage, is that this be listed in November for further consideration and debate, and hopefully then some adoption.

The inquiry was fairly wide ranging, and I think is probably one of the most comprehensive reviews of the standing orders of the Assembly that has happened in contemporary times. The admin and procedure committee received a variety of submissions from various party groupings, a government submission, as well as submissions from former members and special advisers to the Assembly to inform the deliberation process.

I express particular thanks for what was a fairly rigorous and at times complicated process where there were various recommendations on the same standing order and not all of them were necessarily calling for the same thing. The chamber support, I think, went over and above its duty, particularly the role that Janice Rafferty had in preparing the reports and providing the members of the admin and procedure committee with a comprehensive and easy to understand guide as to what was being proposed on various standing orders.

I hope that members enjoy reading the report and that we can get some agreement and get this through in the shortest possible time. I know it has been a bugbear of Speakers, who have wanted to see this work completed in a timely fashion, and hopefully we can get it through in the next period of sitting. Admin and procedure is one of those unusual committees where we look at things more in view of what is best for the Assembly, not what favours a government or an opposition or any particular interest group. Hopefully, we can agree on most of this in the coming sittings.

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

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