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Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Page: 93

Ms GEORGE (3:53 PM) —Mr Speaker, I would ask you to confirm that, in accordance with the principles of House of Representatives committee procedure, all members of a committee are entitled to receive information commissioned by the committee both automatically and on request. I would like to ask whether, in your view, work commissioned by the Standing Committee on Family and Human Services at a cost of $17,000 should have been made available to all members of the committee to assist them in framing recommendations, particularly as this economic modelling would have had a significant bearing on a range of proposals that were being considered by the committee. Further, in your view, is it a breach of established procedures for a committee to adopt a final report and recommendations knowing that this vital information had not been made available to the Labor members of the committee?

The SPEAKER —I thank the member for Throsby for her question. She raises a very detailed question. I will give consideration to responding to her as appropriate.