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The bill itself is 364 pages long, and the latest submission that we received as a committee was only last Friday. Members who are following this debate will be aware that the submissions, although they have been authorised, have not yet been published. This has not given the public a chance to actually read them.

The JACS committee, despite Mr Gentleman’s concerns about what we are doing, has been very busy undertaking the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill inquiry, which is due to report tomorrow and, of course, it has the ongoing domestic violence inquiry. We have also had the double sitting week and we have the annual reports hearings coming up, which impacts on the committee’s ability to undertake public hearings on this important matter.

This issue, as most members in this place will be aware, has garnered a lot—a lot—of public discussion. As Ms Le Couteur has said, it would be only fair to ensure that it is given the proper treatment, the proper scrutiny and that there is a proper opportunity for everyone in the community to have their say. Speaking as a member of the committee, I put on the record that my preference would have been for the extension to be to February 2019. I can do the maths. On this occasion the Canberra Liberals will be supporting Ms Le Couteur’s amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.09): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to Auditor-General’s report No 5 of 2018, entitled ACT clubs’ community contribution. On 18 September 2018 I advised the Assembly that at its private meeting on 25 July 2018 the Standing Committee on Public Accounts had resolved to inquire further into Auditor-General’s report No 5 of 2018, ACT clubs’ community contributions.

At its most recent private meeting, on 10 October 2018, the reconstituted committee gave this further consideration. It agreed that the matters covered in the Auditor-General’s report had been covered, or were being covered, in other reports, inquiries and processes and that it would serve the public interest better to focus on the more complex Auditor-General reports into which the committee is currently inquiring. The committee therefore wishes to inform the Assembly that it notes Auditor-General report No 5 of 2018, ACT clubs’ community contributions, and will not inquire further.

ACT housing strategy

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister

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