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letter the Chief Minister wrote to the committee. I hope that we can agree on the suspension of standing orders to discuss this matter.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (11.00): I move:

That the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure:

(1) inquire into, and report on, expanding the scope of the ACT Register of Lobbyists to cover in-house government relations staff, industry associations and project management liaison officers and companies; and

(2) report back to the Assembly by 29 November 2018.

I thank the Assembly for agreeing to the suspension of standing orders in order to facilitate this motion. As all parties and members of this place look to strengthen the integrity framework that applies to our public servants and electorate officials, we should also look at the rules in place for lobbyists. There is a concern around the adequacy of the current lobbyist register. Given that the lobbyist register sits under our standing orders it is appropriate that the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure undertake this review.

I also believe that the timing referenced in the motion is appropriate. I understand that there is a wish across members to consider the integrity commission prior to the Assembly adjourning for the year. Given this, it is also appropriate that a review occur and advice be provided back to the Assembly within this timing.

In closing, I note that the government took to the election commitments to strengthen the lobbyist register and that the parliamentary agreement also reflects similar sentiments. So I urge all members to support this motion and commend the referral to the committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Independent Integrity Commission 2018—Select Committee


Debate resumed from 31 October 2018, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That the report be noted.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.02): I know that Ms Lee wants to speak on this motion as well.

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