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Monday, 17 September 1973
Page: 1120

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that he has on several occasions failed to seek the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council's advice on Ordinances that have become law.

(2)   If so, does he intend to downgrade the importance of the Council pending the implementation of a new form of local government for the Australian Capital Territory.

(3)   Will he give an assurance that he will not ignore the elected representatives of 'the people of the Australian Capital Territory on the Council and that in future all proposed new Ordinances and amendments to existing Ordinances will be referred to the Council for advice before implementation.

Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) I have continued the practice of seeking the advice of the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council on proposed Ordinances for the Australian Capital Territory which would, if made, be administered by the Minister for the Capital Territory. As a matter of course draft Ordinances are sent to the Advisory Council but there have been several occasions when for reasons of urgency it was necessary to submit proposed Ordinances to the Executive Council without prior consideration by the Advisory Council. As far as practicable the Chairman has been informed of the action being taken and the reasons for the urgency.

The honourable member can be assured that I value the advice of Council administrators.

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