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					PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES
 PROGRESS ON INVESTIGATIONS
                                               To 1 September 2002




                   54th Parliament




   Issued by Authority of the President of the Legislative Council
            and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
The Parliamentary Committees of the Victorian Parliament are appointed pursuant to the
Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
The functions of the Joint Investigatory Committees are detailed in sections 4C to 4EF of the
Act which, by section 4F, also makes the following provisions regarding their role, sources of
references and priorities in considering references:
        (1)   A Joint Investigatory Committee —
              (a)    is required to inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on any
                     proposal, matter or thing relevant to the functions of the Committee which
                     is referred to the Committee —

                     (i)    by resolution of the Council or the Assembly: or
                     (ii)   by Order of the Governor in Council published in the Government
                            Gazette; and
              (b)    may inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on any annual
                     report or other document relevant to the functions of the Committee which
                     is laid before either House of the Parliament pursuant to a requirement
                     imposed by or under an Act.
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        (3) A resolution of the Council or the Assembly or an Order of the Governor in
     Council referring a proposal, matter or thing to a Joint Investigatory Committee pursuant
     to paragraph (a) of sub-section (1) may specify a period of time within which the
     Committee is required to make a final report to the Parliament on the proposal matter or
     thing.
        (4)    In carrying out its functions a Joint Investigatory Committee is required —
              (a)    to give priority —
                     (i)    firstly, to all proposals, matters or things referred to it by resolution of
                            the Council or the Assembly; and
                     (ii)   secondly, to all proposals, matters or things referred to it by Order of
                            the Governor in Council published in the Government Gazette —
                     before all other proposals, matters or things being inquired into or being
                     considered by the Committee; and

               (b)   to comply with any limitation of time specified pursuant to sub-section (3).
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In the 54th Parliament, the Economic Development Committee is established as a Select
Committee of the Legislative Council.

Its functions, role and term of appointment are detailed in sections 37 to 41 of the Parliamentary
Committees Act 1968. References may only be given to this Committee —
              (a)    by resolution of the Council or
              (b)    by Order of the Governor in Council published in the Government Gazette.




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DRUGS AND CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3541       Facsimile:        (03) 9651 3603

Email:          dcpc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:        http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/dcpc

Members:
    (Council)          The Hons B C Boardman and S M Nguyen.
    (Assembly)         Hon R R Cooper, Mr K Jasper, Mr H R Lupton, Mr B Mildenhall and Mr R
                       Wynne.
Chairman:              The Hon B C Boardman, MLC
Executive Officer:     Sandy Cook



INQUIRIES INTO THE INCIDENCE OF CRIME

(i) Reference from the Legislative Council on 1 March 2000 to inquire, consider and report
    on the incidence of crime and to report every 6 months on the levels of crime, areas of
    emerging concern and (where suitable) options for crime reduction or control; and
(ii) Reference from the Legislative Council on 15 May 2002 to inquire into, consider and
     report on the following:
     (a) The incidence of crime according to municipal districts for the year ended 30 June
         2002, compared with the previous four financial years, and to report to Parliament
         by the final sitting day of the Spring 2002 session as part of its 6 monthly report
         upon crime trends; and
     (b) The report to include a breakdown of offences according to municipal district by
         crimes against persons, crimes against property, drug offences and other offences.

Activities during August 2002
   Mr Stuart Ross from the Criminology Department at The University of Melbourne
    appointed as a consultant to write a Discussion Paper for the Inquiry.
   Outline of the next reports determined.
   Research underway for the next reports.
   Crime statistical data received from Victoria Police.




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Future Activities
   Analysis of statistical data from Victoria Police and the Australian Bureau of Statistics
    to be undertaken.
   Draft reports to be written.


INQUIRY INTO            VOLATILE       SUBSTANCES         FOR      THE     PURPOSE       OF
INTOXICATION

Reference from the Governor in Council on 18 April 2001 to inquire into the issue of
  inhalation of volatile substances for the purpose of intoxication and report to Parliament
  by the first day of the Autumn 2002 sitting.

Activities during August 2002
   Further editing of draft Final Report.
   Considered and adopted the Final Report.

Future Activity
   Table and circulate the Final Report.


INQUIRY INTO MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

Reference from the Legislative Council on Wednesday 21 November 2001, to inquire into,
  consider and report by 31 October 2002 on the causes for, and effect of, the significant
  increase in the rate of vehicle theft in Victoria, including the so-called “re-birthing” of
  stolen vehicles, and to make recommendations as to how vehicle theft may be addressed.

Activities during August 2002
   Ongoing research and data collection.
   Writing of final report.
   Mr Ray Carroll and Mr Geoff Hughes from the National Motor Vehicle Theft
    Reduction Council presented expert evidence to the Committee on 6 August 2002.

Future Activity
Consider, adopt and table Final Report.


INQUIRY INTO WHITE COLLAR CRIME

Received from the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday 28 November 2001, for inquiry,
  consideration and report by 30 September 2002 on:



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(a) The extent and nature of fraud and white-collar crime in Victoria;
(b) The impact of new technology supporting e-commerce on the opportunities for fraud;
(c) The current and proposed state, commonwealth and international strategies and
    initiatives in relation to dealing with fraud and white-collar crime, and
(d) The need for policy and legislative reform to combat fraud and white-collar crime in
    Victoria.

Activities during August 2002
    Outline of the Discussion Paper adopted
    Research underway for the Discussion Paper.
    Writing of the draft Discussion Paper underway.
    Analysis of the submissions received.
    Mr Andrew Tuohey, KPMG, presented expert evidence to the Committee on 6 and
     30 August 2002.

Future Activity
Complete draft Discussion Paper.

ISSUE OF AMPHETAMINE AND ‘PARTY DRUG’ USE IN VICTORIA

Reference from the Legislative Council on 15 May 2002 to inquire into and report to
    Parliament, by the first sitting day in 2003, on the issue of amphetamine and ‘party
    drug’ use in Victoria. In particular, the Committee is requested to:
1. examine the nature, extent and culture of amphetamine and ‘party drug’ use.
2.   determine the demographic profile of users.
3.   examine the short and long term consequences of amphetamine and ‘party drug’ use.
4.   examine the relationship of amphetamine and ‘party drug’ use to other forms of licit
     and illicit substance use.
5.   review the adequacy of existing strategies for dealing with amphetamine and ‘party
     drug’ use.
6.   consider best practice strategies to address the issue of amphetamine and ‘party drug’
     use including regulatory, law enforcement, education and treatment responses.

Activities during August 2002
    Analysis of the 25 submissions received.
    Review of literature continued.

Future Activity
    Plan and adopt structure of the Discussion Paper.


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3592       Facsimile:        (03) 9651 3691

Email:        edc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:      http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/edc

Members:
  (Council)           The Hons R A Best, A Coote, G R Craige, K Darveniza, N B Lucas, J M
                      McQuilten and T C Theophanous

Chairman:             The Hon N B Lucas, PSM MLC
Executive Officer:    Mr R A Willis



INQUIRY INTO           EXPORT       OPPORTUNITIES            FOR    VICTORIAN        RURAL
INDUSTRIES

Terms of Reference received from Legislative Council on 1 March 2000.
Report due Spring Session 2002.
Informal meeting held with exporters in Mildura.
Informal meetings held with Austrade and the Department of Natural Resources &
   Environment, Agribusiness Section.
Strategy paper prepared outlining proposed inquiry direction and timetable.
Chairman and Executive Officer attended Agribusiness Forum Summit in Healesville on 28
  March 2001.
Regional Hearings held in Horsham and Nhill (27-28 August) and on-site visit to Wimmera
Grain Company in Rupanyup on 27 August.
Regional Hearings held in Lancefield and Heathcote (11-12 September). On-site visit to
Dalhousie Fine Foods (12 September)
Evidence received from Austrade in Melbourne on 24 September.
In-camera meeting with DNRE Agribusiness Division on 24 September.
Regional hearings and on-site visits in North-East Victoria (1-2 October).
Regional hearings held in Korumburra and Traralgon on 26 November 2001.
Regional hearings held in Bendigo, Boort, Swan Hill and Kerang on 12 and 13 December
2001.



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Informal meetings and on-site visit to investigate the South Australian Government's
success in marketing food exports on 22 and 23 May 2002.

Activity during August 2002
Summary of evidence collected.

Future Activity
Drafting of final report.



INQUIRY INTO STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE VICTORIAN ECONOMY

Terms of Reference issued by Governor in Council on 29 February 2000.
Report due first sitting day of Spring 2001 sitting (see below).
Terms of Reference advertised on 13 November seeking written submissions. Letters sent
  out to over 350 organisations and individuals.
49 written submissions received to date.
Interim Report tabled in Legislative Council on 16 August 2001.         Final report to be
   completed in Autumn 2002 Session.
Public hearings conducted on 13 August 2001. Evidence received from Australia Post,
  Department of Infrastructure – Public Transport and Office of Local Government.
Public hearings conducted on 22 August 2001. Evidence received from Public Transport
  Users Group and Department of Employment, Education and Training – Employment
  Division.
Regional hearings conducted in Ararat, Horsham, Edenhope, Nhill, Warracknabeal and
  Avoca from 27-29 August.
Regional hearings conducted in Lancefield (11 September), Rochester (12 September) and
  Heathcote (12 September).
Regional public hearings held in Rutherglen on 1 October 2001.
Evidence received from Victorian Local Governance Association on 24 October 2001.
Evidence received from Local Government Professionals Inc., City of Moreland and Telstra
  Country Wide on 19 November 2001.
Regional hearings conducted in Korumburra on 26 November 2001.
Visit to Welshpool & District Rural Transaction Centre on 26 November 2001.
Regional hearings held in Bendigo and Boort on 12 December 2001.
Report adopted on 13 May 2002.
Report tabled in Legislative Council on 29 May 2002.



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Future Activity
Await Government response, due November 2002.



INQUIRY INTO YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

Terms of Reference received from Legislative Council on 1 March 2000.
Report due 31 December 2002.
On 18 September 2001 the Legislative Council resolved that the reporting deadline for the
  Youth Unemployment Inquiry be amended to now require the Committee to report by
  the end of the 2002 Spring sitting.
51 written submissions received to date.
Advertisement placed in major daily newspapers on 6 April 2002 calling for written
  submissions.
Informal meeting with Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development -
   Employment Programs Division on 3 June 2002.
Informal meeting with South Australian Office of Employment and Youth on 23 May 2002.
Study tour of Europe to investigate innovative youth unemployment policy initiatives in
   various countries. Committee conducted meetings with government and other key
   organisations in Rome, Geneva, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, London and Dublin from 28th
   June to 18th July 2002.

Activities during August 2002
Overseas Study Tour report drafted.
Public hearings conducted in Melbourne on 5 August with Berry Street, Foundation for
Young Australians and ATSIC.
Public hearings conducted in Melbourne on 12 August with Dusseldorp Skills Forum,
Centrelink and Victorian Office for Youth.
Public hearings conducted in Dandenong on 19 August.
Regional hearings conducted in Morwell and Sale on 21 August and Bairnsdale on
22 August.
Drafting of final report continuing.

Future Activities
Public hearings scheduled for Darebin on 2 September, Maribyrnong on 16 September,
Shepparton on 18 September, Bendigo on 19 September and Melbourne on 23 September.
Drafting of Report to continue.
Report on overseas study tour to be submitted to Parliament.



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ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne, 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3533       Facsimile:    (03) 9651 3537

Email:         enrc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:       http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/enrc

Members:
   (Council)          The Hons R F Smith and Graeme Stoney.
   (Assembly)         Mr H Delahunty, Ms J T Duncan, Mrs C A Fyffe, Ms J M Lindell and Mr
                      G Seitz.
Chairman:             Mr G Seitz, MP
Executive Officer:    Mr B Miles



SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE VICTORIAN ABALONE AND ROCK
LOBSTER FISHERIES

Referred to the Committee by the Legislative Council on 1 March 2000 under section 4F (1)
  (a) (i) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
The Committee has resolved to undertake the inquiry concurrently with its inquiry into
  fisheries management across Victoria (see below).


FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

Referred to the Committee by Order of the Governor in Council published in the
  Government Gazette (on 29 February 2000) under section 4F (1) (a) (ii) of the
  Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
Also referred to the Committee by the Legislative Assembly on 14 March 2000 under section
   4F (1) (a) (i) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
The Committee resolved to undertake the inquiry concurrently with its inquiry into the
  sustainable management of the Victorian abalone and rock lobster industries.
Briefing by Minister and Shadow Minister.
Advertisements placed in national and statewide press for research officer to assist the
  inquiry.




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Advertisements in metropolitan        and    country   Victoria     newspapers   announcing
  commencement of the Inquiry.
Media release prepared and distributed.
Discussions with senior representatives of Northern Territory fishing sector and agencies -
  Amateur Fisherman’s Association, Northern Territory Seafood Council, Marine and
  Fisheries Enforcement Unit, NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries. Also
  briefing and inspection of the Darwin Aquaculture Centre.
Briefing given by the Executive Officer to the Fisheries Co-Management Council.
Briefing given by the Executive Officer to Seafood Industry Victoria
Appointment of consultant to assist preparation of Discussion Paper.
Publication and distribution of discussion paper.
Call for submissions.
Media release and advertisements placed advising of release of discussion paper and
  inviting submissions.
Appointment of new research officer to assist with the Inquiry.
Submission period extended to 22 December 2000.
Second printing of the Discussion Paper and further distribution.
Study tour to New Zealand involving inspections and discussions held with representatives
   of the New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council, NZ Marine Transport Association
   (fishing and cruise charter operators), the Ministry of Fisheries, the Kaumatua and
   Kaitiaki tribes (Maori customary fishing rights), Department of Conservation (marine
   reserves), University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Research Station, Fish and Game NZ
   (freshwater fisheries), Sealord Group Ltd, Challenger Scallop Enhancement Company,
   Port Nelson Ltd, Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, National Institute of Water
   and Atmospheric Research (stock assessment), Rock Lobster and Paua (abalone)
   commercial fisheries, and the NZ Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
Assessment of written submissions.
Inspections and discussions in South Gippsland and Western Port – with representatives of
   the Shire of South Gippsland, Southern Shark and Gill Net Fisherman’s Association (fish
   habitat), Port Franklin fishers (codes of practice), Lang Lang Coast Action Group
   (seagrass beds), and the Kilcunda Abalone Farm (public water aquaculture).
Inspections and discussions in Melbourne - Melbourne Fish Market (managers and agents),
   fish processing plants (Lonimar P/L and Australian Sea Urchins P/L) and restaurant
   sector (John Rubira).
Inspections and discussions in Central Victoria – Snobs Creek Research Station and
   Hatchery, Goulburn River Trout P/L (trout aquaculture), Goulburn Valley Fly-Fishing
   Centre, and Australian Aquaculture Products (warm water recirculation-system
   aquaculture).



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Public Hearing in Alexandra – Nagambie Angling Club, Goulburn Valley Fly-Fishing
  Centre Inc, Goulburn River Trout P/L, Goulburn Valley Association of Angling Clubs
  Inc, Fisheries Co-management Council – research issues.
Inspections and discussions in East Gippsland – estuarine fishery issues (Lake Tyers Beach
   Sports Angling Club, East Gippsland Estuarine Fish Association, and Lake Tyers
   Aboriginal Trust), eastern zone scallop boat (Scott Horden), processing and wholesale
   sectors (Consol Fish), trawl boat (Chris Newman), fish charter boat (Peter Euman), local
   compliance issues (Department of Natural Resources and Environment), water quality
   and catchment issues (Gippsland Coastal Board), eel fishery (East Coast Eels P/L) and
   goldfish aquaculture (Boolarra Fish Farms P/L).
Public Hearing at Lakes Entrance – Gippsland Lakes Bait Fishery Association, Mr Scott
  Horton, East Gippsland Fishermans Association, Mr Roger Bilney, Mr Lyton Barr, Mr
  Tom Davies, Gippsland Coastal Board, Lake Tyers Beach Sports Angling Club.
Inspections and discussions in western Victoria – live fish fishing (Rob Davies), western
   zone rock lobster boat (Rod McDonald), processing plant (Sou-West Seafoods), abalone
   boat (Len McCall) and abalone processing (South West Seafoods), native fish hatchery
   (Wartook Native Fish Culture), and native fish angling (Wimmera Anglers Association).
Public Hearing in Portland – Portland Professional Fishermans Association, Western Zone
  Wrasse Association, Mr Tony Crapper, Ms Robyn Curtis, Mr Dennis Jeffs, Mirimbiak
  National Aboriginal Corporation, Mr David Johnston, Mr Rod McDonald, Portland
  Angling Club, Framlingham Aboriginal Trust, Mr Andrew Levings, Mr Don Edmonson,
  Mr Vincent Gannon, Mr Jamie Espie, Mr Rod Crowther, Fisheries Co-Management
  Council (mainly consultation issues).
Public Hearing in Melbourne – Mr Anthony Amis, Mr Tony Hocking, Mr John Dougall,
  Lonimar P/L, Mr Mark Nowak, Mr Peter Kidd, Goulburn-Murray Water, Mr David
  Fitzpatrick, VRFish, Mr Nik Phizacklea, Mr Tim Mirabella, Victorian National Parks
  Association, Victorian Aquaculture Council.
Second Public Hearing in Melbourne – Victorian Abalone Divers Association, Victorian
   Abalone Processor’s Association, Eastern Zone Rock Lobster Association, Mr John
   Barnett, Mr Brian Bolding, Ms Tia Navanteri, Victorian Fishing Charter Association,
   Community and Public Sector Union, Seafood Industry Victoria, Mr Cyril Mitchell, Mr
   Ron Lewis, Native Fish Australia, Corner Inlet Fisheries Habitat Association, Lang Lang
   Coast Action Group, Fisheries Co-Management Council, Fisheries Victoria.
Confidential hearing – various witnesses regarding enforcement issues.
Additional public hearing – Mr John Hammond, Tasmanian Rock Lobster fisher and Prof
  Tor Hundloe, Fisheries academic and economist.
Assessment of written submissions and public hearing evidence.
Discussions with Canberra based agencies: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and
  Forestry, Bureau of Rural Sciences, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, and
  Environment Australia.
Consideration of issues arising from the written submissions and the hearings.

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Preparation of consultancy brief for the assessment of evidence regarding rock lobster
  stocks.
Engagement of consultant to assist with the preparation of the draft report.
Preparation and consideration of draft report.
Adoption of First Report: Co-management.
First Report tabled in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2001.
First Report tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 26 February 2002.
Preparation and consideration of Second Report.
Adoption of Second Report.
Second Report tabled in the Legislative Council on 12 June 2002.
Government response to First Report tabled on 5 June 2002.

Future Activity
Await Government response to Second Report, due December 2002.


ALLOCATION OF WATER                   RESOURCES          FOR    AGRICULTURAL         AND
ENVIRONMENTAL PURPOSES

Referred to the Committee by the Legislative Council on 1 March 2000 under section 4F (1)
  (a) (i) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
Interim Report tabled in Parliament (Legislative Council – 28 November 2000, Legislative
   Assembly – 27 February 2001)
Inquiry Report tabled in Parliament on 21 November 2001.

Future Activity
Await Government response, due May 2002.


ADEQUACY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF VETERINARY PATHOLOGY SERVICES

Referred to the Committee by the Governor in Council on 20 March 2001 under section 4F
  of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
Work commenced on the Inquiry in January 2001.
Research Officer appointed to assist with the Inquiry.
Scoping paper and work plan prepared.
Commencement of Inquiry advertised.
Ministerial Briefing



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Committee inspected the facilities at the Victorian Institute of Animal Science at Attwood
  and at Gribbles Veterinary Pathology at Clayton.
Discussion paper adopted and released.
Media release prepared and distributed.
Call for Submissions advertised.
Market survey consultancy firm engaged to assist with design of survey of the pathology
  needs of vets.
Inspections in Central Victoria – Regional Laboratory Services (Dr David Paynter, Ms Robin
   Paynter), Para-site Diagnostic Services (Ms Tricia Veale, Ms Fiona McKenzie, Ms Leanne
   Allen), the Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Benalla post-mortem
   facility (Dr George Miller), Shepparton Veterinary Clinic (Dr Geoff Withers, Dr Angus
   Cunningham), Karalee – a dairy farm that experienced an anthrax outbreak (Mr Bill
   Ballantyne), Hazeldene Chicken Farm (Mr Dick Hazeldene), Bunge Meat Industries –
   intensive pig production (Mr Andrew Peake, Dr Trish Holyoake, Ms Evelyn Keetelaar).
Public hearing at Bendigo – Dr Judith Wilkie, Dr Richard Miller, Dr David Paynter
  (Regional Laboratory Services), Dr Bruce McIntyre (Benalla Veterinary Clinic).
Inspections at Werribee and Geelong – School of Veterinary Science, Melbourne University
   (Prof Ivan Caple, Prof Ron Slocombe, Dr Ian Beveridge, Assoc. Prof Kevin Whithear,
   Assoc. Prof. Bruce Parry), Australian Animal Health Laboratory (Dr Stephen Prowse, Dr
   Peter Daniels, Dr Marion Andrews, Ms Emma Homes).
Pilot survey of veterinary practitioners undertaken.
Submission period closed 22 May 2002.
Public hearing at Melbourne – Dr W. Darmody and Dr J. Browning (Gippsland Veterinary
  Pathology Service), Mr C. Manners, Mr S. Price and Mr L. Napolitano (Victorian Farmers
  Federation), Mr R. Boness and Dr R. Badman (Community and Public Sector Union),
  Professor I. W. Caple (University of Melbourne), Mr D. Lawson (Australian Johne’s
  Alliance), Dr J. Slocombe and Dr G. Braniff (Gribbles Veterinary Pathology), Dr R. Miller
  (Idexx Laboratories Pty Ltd), Dr B. Kefford and Dr J. Galvin (Department of Natural
  Resources and Environment) and Dr M. Makin (Australian Veterinary Association).
Survey of veterinary practitioners undertaken.
Inspection at Gippsland – Gippsland Veterinary Pathology Service.
Public hearing at Traralgon – Dr Jamie McNeil (Korumburra Veterinary Clinic and South
  Gippsland Branch of the Australian Veterinary Association),
  Dr Andrew Dunn (Moe Vet Centre), Dr Robert Barton (Main Street Veterinary Clinic), Dr
  Jakob Malmo (Maffra Vet Centre), Mr Nick Barton (former parasitologist) and Dr Sue
  Hides (veterinarian).
Analysis of written submissions and hearing evidence.




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Activities during August 2002
Preparation of report outline.
Engagement of TQA Research Pty Ltd to assist with the analysis of survey results.

Future Activities
Analysis of survey results.
Preparation of draft report.


MANAGEMENT OF THE FISHING CHARTER INDUSTRY IN VICTORIA

Referred to the Committee by the Governor in Council on 5 June 2001 under section 4F of
  the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
Inquiry commenced March 2002.
Research Officer appointed to assist with the Inquiry.
Scoping paper and work plan prepared.
Tabling date revised to the last week of the Spring 2002 Parliamentary Sittings.
Background research.
Preparation of discussion paper.
Adoption of discussion paper.
Publication of discussion paper and call for submissions.
Planning for regional hearings and inspections and for a study tour to New South Wales
   continued.
Inspections at Eildon and district – boat charter activities (Eildon Boat Club, Eildon Lake
   Charters), fly fishing guide activity (Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre and Flytrek
   Australia), tourism aspects (Murrundindi Regional Tourism Association).
Public hearing at Alexandra – Mr Rod Barford (Professional Fishing Guides and Instructors
  Association), Mr Geoff Lacey (Fishing Guide), Mr Ivor Bumbers (Eildon Lake Charters),
  Mr Geoff Hall and Mr David Pickering (Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre).
Inspections at Port Fairy and surrounding districts – fishing and dive charter operation
   (Port Campbell Boat Charters Pth Ltd), fishing and whale watching operation
   (Southern Right Charters), and fishing charter operator (Port Fairy Boat Charter).
Public hearing at Port Fairy – Mr Phillip Rees (Port Campbell Boat Charters),
  Mr Gary Roberts, Mr Kevin Treloar , Mr Russell Williams (Port Fairy Boat Charter),
  Mr Max Robbins (Apollo Bay Fishing and Adventure Tours).
Public hearing at Bairnsdale – Mr Mark Bryant (Tidal Princess Charters),
  Mr Mark Radon (Sharon E Charters), Mr Bill Knibbs (Marney D Charters),
  Mr Geoff Boyd (Prom Adventure Fishing Tours), Mr Anthony Heath (Mulloway



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  Charters), Mr Neale Blunden (SeaPride Charters) and Mr Don Cunningham (Cosy-Nook
  Flats).
Inspection at Western Port – bay fishing charter operation (Peninsula Fishing Charters).
Public hearing at Hastings – Mr Rob Harrison (Profishing), Mr Don Smart (Mornington
  Fishing Charters), Mr Ross Andrews (St Kilda Charters),
  Mr Peter Cincotta (Mornington Charters), Mr Ian Campbell (Calypso Charters) and Mr
  David Wakefield (Albatross Boat Charters).
Study tour to New South Wales – discussions, briefings and inspections with: Fisheries
   NSW [Mr Steve Dunn and Ms Wendy Stamp), NSW Charter Boat Owners Association
   [Mr Russel Kennedy and Ms Ann Garrard), offshore fishing charter (Mr Paul Minto and
   Mr Scott Dorrington, Central Coast Fishing Charters), estuary fishing guide (Mr Craig
   McGill, FishAbout Tours), Nature Conservation Council of NSW (Dr Maria Schreider and
   Ms Roberta Dickson), dual commercial fishing/charter operator (Mr Tony Davis),
   recreational fishing representative (Mr Doug Joyner, Recreational Fishing Advisory
   Council), Charter Vessel Association (Mr David Cribb and Mr Peter Sayre), Professional
   Fishing Instructors and Guides Association (Mr Ted Taylor), and the Charter Fishing
   Management Advisory Council (Dr Michael Sargent, Chairman).
Submission period closed 24 July 2002.

Activities during August 2002
Public hearing at Melbourne – Mr David Myers (Reel’N’Dive Fishing Charters),
  Mr David Golightly (Impulse Charters), Mr Doug Phayer (Reelmen Fishing Charters),
  Mr David Donda (Profishermans Holdings P/L), VRFish (Mr Patrick Washington),
  Marine Safety Victoria (Mr Mark Hughes), Tourism Victoria (Mr Damian Ryan and
  Mr Paul Albone), Victorian Tour Operators Association (Mr Simon von Saldern),
  Seafood Industry Victoria (Mr Ross McGowan), Fisheries Victoria (Mr Richard
  McLoughlin), Victorian Fishing Charter Association (Mr Robin Gray, Mr Rob
  Harrison, Mr Greg Duncan).
Analysis of written submissions and hearing evidence.
Preparation of an issues and directions paper.
Preparation of report outline.

Future Activity
Preparation of draft report.


IMPROVING THE PROCEDURES FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PRIVATE LAND
FOR USE AS A PARK

Referred to the Committee by the Legislative Council on 21 November 2001 under section
  4F of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
Background work undertaken.


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Activity during August 2002
Applicants sought for research officer position to assist the Committee with the inquiry.


IMPACT, MANAGEMENT AND USE OF CARP

Referred to the Committee by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001 under section
  4F of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.
Background work undertaken.

Activity during August 2002
Nil.


POSSESSION AND TRADE OF EXOTIC VERTEBRATE ANIMALS

Referred to the Committee by the Governor in Council on 18 June 2002 under section 4F of
  the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.

Activity during August 2002
Nil - inquiry has not yet commenced.


FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Referred to the Committee by the Governor in Council on 18 June 2002 under section 4F of
  the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968.

Activity during August 2002
Nil - inquiry has not yet commenced.




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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE
Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3520       Facsimile:     (03) 9651 3691

Email:          fcdc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:        http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc
Members:
    (Council)          The Hons E J Powell, G D Romanes and Dr J W G Ross
    (Assembly)         Mr B P Hardman, Mr H Lim, Mr D A Nardella, and Mrs I Peulich
Chairman:              Mr H Lim, MP
Executive Officer:     Mr P L Bourke



OUTWORKERS IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY

Referred by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001
Witnesses appearing at Public Hearings
   Dr. Christina Cregan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, University of
    Melbourne.
   Michele O’Neil, State Secretary, Annie Delaney, Outwork Coordinator, Textile, Clothing
    and Footwear Union of Australia.
   Tony McDonald, Acting Executive Director, Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of
    Australia Limited.
   Dr Mike Nahan, Executive Director, Ken Phillips, Senior Officer, Institute of Public
    Affairs.
   Vanthida Lao, Officer, Khmer Community of Victoria.
   Pamela Curr, Director, Fairwear Campaign Victoria.
   Mr. Bill Mountford, Chief Executive, Victorian Workcover Authority.
   Mr Peter Rea, Director, Victorian Office of Manufacturing
   Mr Maverick Spiteri, Operations Manager Australian Defence Apparel.
   Mr David Gregory, General Manager, Workplace Relations, Victorian Employers
    Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
   Ms Leigh Brooks, Advocate, Australian Business Limited.
   Mr John Brown, Proprietor, Motto Fashions.


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   Mr Andrew Edgar, Managing Director, Yakka Pty Ltd.

Witnesses appearing at Sydney Hearings
   Dr. Michael Quinlan, Professor of Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour,
    University of New South Wales.
   Mr I. Nossar, Chief Advocate, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.
   Mr B. Tubner, National President, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.
   Mr A. Woolgar, National Secretary, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.
   Mr H. Nguyen, Senior Community Liaison Officer, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union
    of Australia.
   Ms P. Manser, Deputy Director-General, New South Wales Department of Industrial
    Relations.
   Mr J. Tucker, Manager, Behind the Label Unit, New South Wales Department of
    Industrial Relations.
   Ms S. Ashby, Senior Project Officer, Behind the Label Unit, New South Wales
    Department of Industrial Relations.
   Ms N. Carl, Industrial Officer, Labor Council of New South Wales.
   Ms D. Carstens, Coordinator, Asian Women at Work;
   Ms Q. F. Huang, Chinese Community Worker
   Ms B. T. Pham, Vietnamese Community Worker
   Ms P. Pao, Community Development Officer, Cambodian–Australian Welfare Council of
    New South Wales.
   Mr R. Walsh, Assistant Commissioner, Small Business Line, Australian Taxation Office.
   Mr S. Marsh, Compliance Manager, Australian Taxation Office.
   Mr P. Naylor, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Retailers Association.
   Mr S. Moore, Policy Director, Australian Retailers Association.
Site Visits
   Outworkers in the Noble Park, and Springvale areas.
   Asian Women at Work
   Mr Stephen Brenda, Managing Director, DPK.
   Mr Barry Aoud, Managing Director, Aboud Fashions.

Activities during August 2002
Witness Testimony.
Review of Draft Chapters.
Sydney Hearings.


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Future Activities
Review of Draft Chapters.
Adoption of Report.
Report Tabled in Parliament.



QUALITY OF CARE AND EFFICIENT SEPARATION OF PATIENTS IN
VICTORIAN HOSPITALS

Referred by the Legislative Council on 21 November 2001
Inquiry has not yet commenced.


NEIGHBOURHOOD          HOUSES      AND     THEIR    ROLE   IN   REALISING   ONE
COMMUNITY

Referred by Governor in Council on 20 November 2001
Inquiry has not yet commenced.


CURRENT FORMS           OF     COMMUNITY          ENGAGEMENT    BY   VICTORIAN
COUNCILS

Referred by Legislative Assembly 28 November 2001
Inquiry has not yet commenced.


THE CAUSES OF FATALITY AND INJURY ON VICTORIAN FARMS

Referred by Governor in Council on 18 June 2002
Inquiry has not yet commenced.


EXAMINATION OF THE PORTRAYAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA

Referred by Governor in Council on 18 June 2002
Inquiry has not yet commenced.




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IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF URBAN DESIGN AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR
PUBLIC ART IN VICTORIA

Referred by Governor in Council on 18 June 2002
Inquiry has not yet commenced.



RECENT TOBACCO REFORMS AND FUTURE STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS FOR
FUTURE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Referred by Governor in Council on 22 August 2002
Inquiry has not yet commenced.




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LAW REFORM COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3644       Facsimile:      (03) 9651 3674

Email:        VPLRC@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:      http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lawreform

Members:
  (Council)           The Hons R H Bowden, D G Hadden and P A Katsambanis.
  (Assembly)          Mr T Languiller, Ms A L McCall, Mr R E Stensholt and
                      Mr M H Thompson.
Chairman:             Mr M H Thompson, MP
Executive Officer:    Ms M L Mason




REVIEW OF THE POWERS OF ENTRY, SEARCH, SEIZURE AND QUESTIONING
BY AUTHORISED PERSONS

Referred by the Governor in Council on 18 April 2001.
Report tabled in Parliament on 30 May 2002.

Future Activity

Await Government response, due November 2002.


INQUIRY INTO FORENSIC SAMPLING AND THE USE OF DNA DATABASES IN
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Referred by the Legislative Council on 21 November 2001.
Consultant appointed to prepare a background paper on the legal and ethical issues
  relating to DNA Databases
Second consultant appointed to prepare background paper on the practical and technical
   aspects of DNA databases.

Discussion paper prepared and printed.

Call for submissions advertised 14 June 2002.

Discussion Paper distributed with initial contact letter to stakeholders requesting
  submissions. Also available on Committee website.

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Receipt of two expert papers, which have been placed on Committee website:

     Legal and ethical issues – prepared by Barrister Dr Ian Freckelton

     Practical and technical issues – prepared by the Victorian Forensic Science Centre

Members of the Committee and staff attended Law Asia Seminar on DNA related legal
issues.

Public hearings were held on 22 and 23 July 2002.
                      Witness                                   Affiliation
    Commander P. Hornbuckle                 Corporate Policy;
    Acting Inspector A. O’Connor            Legislative Review and Proposals
    Detective Inspector D. Cowlishaw        DNA Implementation Unit,
                                            Victoria Police.

    Dr J. Gans                              Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law,
                                            Melbourne University.

    Mr D. Hoenig                            Executive Officer,
                                            New South Wales Innocence Panel, and Senior
                                            Policy Analyst,
                                            New South Wales Ministry for Police.

    Ms L. Weathered                         Director,
                                            Griffith University Innocence Project.

    Ms K. Edwards                           Co-ordinator, Innocence Project,
                                            University of Technology Sydney.

    Mr P. Chadwick                          Privacy Commissioner.

    Acting Prof. D. Wells                   Head, Division of Clinical Medicine,
                                            Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

    Ms A. Radonik                           Case Worker
    Ms S. Nicholson                         Director
                                            Youth Law.

    Mr R. Punshon SC                        Chair
    Mr R. Nankivell                         Member
                                            Criminal Bar Association of Victoria.

    Mr D. Faram                             President
    Ms A. Palk                              Assistant
    Mr D. Laschko;                          Law Institute of Victoria
    Mr J. Scheffer                          Biology Division,
    Dr P. Stringer,                         Victoria Forensic Science Centre.


    Mr N. McNamara
    Mr N. Halvagas                          Crime Victims Support Association.




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 Mr J. Magill                           Private Citizen.

 Ms M. Parsell                          Manager,
                                        Forensic Science Laboratory Accreditation
                                        Program,
                                        National Association of Testing Authorities.

 Mr P. Coghlan QC                       Director of Public Prosecutions
 Ms R. Sharp                            Solicitor,
                                        Office of Public Prosecutions.

 Mr V. Stojcevski                       Victoria Legal Aid.
 Mr J. McLoughlin

 Father P. Norden                       Director,
                                        Jesuit Social Services.

 Ms E. Hunt                             Co-Executive Director,
                                        Public Interest Law Clearing House.

 Mr D. Meagher                          Lecturer in Law,
                                        Deakin University.

 Mr G. Connellan                        Vice-President,
                                        Victorian Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty
                                        Victoria).


Activities during August 2002

Committee considered a draft outline of the report and issues paper.
Committee and staff visited the Victorian Forensic Science Centre to inspect the
  laboratory and be briefed on the Centre’s activities.

Future Activities

Report drafting to continue.
Committee to hold meetings in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
First draft of Report to Committee.


INQUIRY INTO THE SYSTEM OF OATHS AND OATH TAKING AND THE MAKING
OF STATUTORY DECLARATIONS AND AFFIDAVITS WITH REFERENCE TO THE
MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY

Referred by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001.

Issues paper prepared and printed.

Issues paper translated into 10 community languages.



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Issues paper in English and 10 community languages available on Committee website.

Call for submissions advertised 14 June 2002.

Issues Paper distributed with initial contact letter to stakeholders requesting submissions.

Activities during August 2002

Public Hearings were held on 1 and 2 August 2002.
                   Witness                                  Affiliation
 Mr P. Armstrong                       Chief Executive Officer
                                       Melbourne Magistrates Court.

 Mrs B. Polzin                         Yearly Meeting Secretary
                                       Religious Society of Friends.

 Ms M. Postma                          General Secretary
                                       Victorian Council of Churches.

 Mr M. Hodder                          Manager
                                       Special Prosecutions Unit, Environment Protection
                                       Authority.

 Ms R. Ives                            President
 Mr R. Dahlitz                         Organiser of Speakers
                                       Humanist Society.

 Dr K. Laster                          Associate Professor
                                       La Trobe University.

 Mr G. Laher,                          Legal Adviser
 Mr P. Knight,                         Executive Officer
                                       Islamic Council of Victoria.

 Justice Kellam,                       President;
 Mr J. Ardlie                          Chief Executive Officer
 Mr G. Small                           Tipstaff
                                       Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
 Mr J. Saltalamacchia,                 Prothonotary;
 Ms S. Loo,                            Judge’s Associate
 Mr T. Peters                          Senior Tipstaff
                                       Supreme Court of Victoria.

 Mr V. Borg,                           Former Chairman;
 Ms J. Klepner,                        Policy Officer
 Mr T. Hazou                           Executive Officer
                                       Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

 Mr R. Lloyd.                          Private Citizen.


 Justice N. Mushin                     Judge
                                       Family Court of Australia.


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 Mr B. Ashen                          Chair
 Venerable T. P. Tan                  Member
                                      Management Committee, Buddhist Council of
                                      Victoria;

 Ms D. Cousens                        Melbourne Sakya Centre.

 Mr H. Dellal                         Executive Director
                                      Australian Multicultural Foundation.

 Ms D. Sisely                         Chief Executive
                                      Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria.

 Mr J. Kakos                          Registrar
                                      Justices of the Peace and Bail Justices Registry
                                      Department of Justice.

 Mr L. Taig, JP                       President
 Mr K. Frampton, JP                   Immediate Past President
                                      Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices.

 Mr G. Lekakis                        Chairperson
                                      Victorian Multicultural Commission.


The Committee attended a community forum organised by the Victorian Multicultural
  Commission. Approximately 40 community members attended from a diverse range
  of ethnic and religious backgrounds

Future Activities

Report drafting to continue.
First draft of Report to Committee.


INQUIRY INTO POSSIBLE MANDATORY CODES FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION
IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES

Referred by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001.
Inquiry has not yet commenced.


INQUIRY INTO THE ADMINISTRATION AND PROBATE ACT 1958

Referred by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001.
Inquiry has not yet commenced.




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PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3551       Facsimile:      (03) 9651 3552

Email:         paec@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:       http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/paec/default.htm

Members:
   (Council)          The Hons D M Davis, R M Hallam (Deputy Chairman), G K Rich-Phillips
                      and T C Theophanous
  (Assembly)          Ms A P Barker, Mr R W Clark, Ms S M Davies, Mr T J Holding,
                      Mr P J Loney and Mrs J M Maddigan.
Chairman:             Mr P J Loney, MP
Executive Officer:    Ms M Cornwell



UNFUNDED SUPERANNUATION LIABILITIES IN VICTORIAN UNIVERSITIES

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
Report No. 39 tabled in the Parliament on 22 March 2001.
Report distributed on 23 March 2001.
On 23 March 2001 Chairman wrote to the Chairman of the Australasian Council of
  Auditors-General seeking comments on issues raised in the report.
On 30 July 2001, response received from the Convenor of the Australasian Council of
  Auditors-General.
On 2 November 2001, the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance advised that
  an issue proposal was being prepared to the Urgent Issues Group of the Australian
  Accounting Standards Board to resolve the matters raised in the Committee’s report.
On 8 July 2002, letter sent to the Chairman – Urgent Issues Group of the Australian
  Accounting Standards Board requesting information about the status of the review of
  unfunded superannuation liabilities.
On 31 July 2002, response received advising that the Urgent Issues Group Agenda
  Committee has agreed to include a project on the underfunded superannuation liabilities
  in the financial statements of Australian universities on the UIA’s work program.




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2001-2002 BUDGET ESTIMATES

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b)
Draft report considered by the full Committee on 13 and 14 November 2001.
Report adopted with amendments.
Report No. 43 tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2001.
The full text of the report is on the PAEC Homepage.
On 29 November 2001, report distributed to all Ministers and Departments.
Government's response tabled in Parliament on 28 May 2002.

Future Activity
Briefing paper to be prepared and considered at the next meeting of the full Committee
   on 26 September 2002.


2000-2001 BUDGET OUTCOMES

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
Review of departmental annual reports commenced.
Draft questions for Departments of Premier and Cabinet; Human Services; Education; and
  Infrastructure prepared and forwarded to Chairman to review.
On 11 January 2002, questions relating to 2000-2001 Budget Outcomes forwarded to
  Departments, the Presiding Officers of the Parliament and the Victorian Auditor-
  General’s Office.
Chapters 1 and 2 of the draft report prepared.
Responses due 28 February 2002.
Responses to questionnaire received during March 2002 from the Departments of Human
  Services; Natural Resources and Environment; Premier and Cabinet; State and Regional
  Development; and Treasury and Finance; the Parliamentary Departments; and the
  Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.
Responses to Committee’s questionnaire received from the Department of Education,
  Employment and Training on 23 April 2002; the Department of Infrastructure on 22 April
  2002; and the Department of Justice on 16 April 2002.
On 31 May 2002 outstanding material received from Department of Infrastructure.
Further work undertaken on draft report.




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Future Activities
Draft report to be reviewed by Chairman.
Draft report to be considered by the full Committee on 26 September 2002.
Report to be tabled in October 2002.


2002-2003 BUDGET ESTIMATES

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
On 12 February 2002, estimates questionnaire distributed to all departments and the
  Environment Protection Authority.
On 26 February 2002, estimates questionnaire distributed to the newly created Department
  of Tourism, Sport and the Commonwealth Games.
Responses to the Committee’s estimates questionnaire were received on the following dates:

                Date                                    Department

 14 May 2002                       Environment Protection Authority; Department of
                                   Natural Resources and Environment; Parliamentary
                                   Departments; Department of Premier and Cabinet

 15 May 2002                       Department of Tourism, Sport and the
                                   Commonwealth Games

 16 May 2002                       Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional
                                   Development

 17 May 2002                       Department of Treasury and Finance

 23 May 2002                       Department of Justice

 05 June 2002                      Department of Education

 14 June 2002                      Department of Infrastructure


A briefing for Members of Parliament on the Budget Papers for 2002-03 held on
  9 May 2002.
Background briefing papers for the estimates hearings prepared.




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Estimates hearings held on the following dates:
 17 May 2002                     Premier and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
 22 May 2002                     Treasurer, Minister for State and Regional
                                 Development and Minister for Innovation;
                                 Minister for Small Business and Minister for
                                 Information and Communication Technology
 23 May 2002                     Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for
                                 Agriculture
                                 Minister for Finance and Minister for Industrial
                                 Relations;
 24 May 2002                     Minister for Gaming; Minister for Tourism and
                                 Minister for Employment;
                                 Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister for Senior
                                 Victorians
 Tuesday, 18 June 2002           Minister for Planning, Minister for the Arts and
                                 Minister for Women’s Affairs

 Thursday, 20 June 2002          Attorney-General, Minister for Manufacturing
                                 Industry and Minister for Racing
                                 Minister for Education and Training and Minister for
                                 Education Services
 Friday, 21 June 2002            Minister for Health
                                 Minister for Ports and Minister for Energy and
                                 Resources
 Tuesday, 25 June 2002           Minister for WorkCover and Minister for Local
                                 Government
                                 Minister for Environment and Conservation
 Wednesday, 26 June              Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for the
                                 Commonwealth Games
                                 Presiding Officers of the Parliament
 Thursday, 27 June 2002          Minister for Community Services, Minister for
                                 Housing and Minister for Community Building

 Friday, 28 June 2002            Minister for Youth Affairs
 Tuesday, 2 July 2002            Minister for Police and Emergency Services and
                                 Minister for Corrections

 Friday, 5 July 2002             Minister for Transport and Minister for
                                 Major Projects

Briefing papers prepared on these portfolios.



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Follow-up questions forwarded to the Presiding Officers of Parliament and all Ministers.
Responses received in July from the following Ministers:
            Minister for Consumer Affairs
            Minister for Industrial Relations
            Minister for Multicultural Affairs
            Minister for Senior Victorians
            Minister for Small Businesses
            Minister for Tourism

Activities during August 2002
Responses received from the Presiding Officers of Parliament and the following
Ministers:
            Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
            Minister for Agriculture
            Minister for Arts
            Attorney-General
            Minister for the Commonwealth Games
            Minister for Community Services
            Minister for Corrections
            Minister for Education and Training
            Minister for Education Services
            Minister for Employment
            Minister for Energy and Resources
            Minister for Environment and Conservation
            Minister for Finance
            Minister for Gaming
            Minister for Health
            Minister for Housing
            Minister for Information, Communication and Technology
            Minister for Innovation
            Minister for Local Government
            Minister for Major Projects
            Minister for Manufacturing
            Minister for Planning
            Minister for Police and Emergency Services
            Minister for Ports
            The Premier
            Minister for Racing
            Minister for Sports and Recreation
            Minister for State and Regional Development
            Minister for Transport
            The Treasurer
            Minister for Women’s Affairs



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            Minister for WorkCover
            Minister for Youth Affairs
Several chapters of the Estimates Report prepared.
Future Activities
Finalise draft report on the Budget Estimates for 2002-03.
Draft report to be considered by the Committee on 26 September 2002.
During the period 23 to 27 September 2002 a delegation from the Public Accounts
  Committee of the Zambian Parliament will be on attachment to the Public Accounts
  and Estimates Committee secretariat to learn about the Committee’s role in reviewing
  the State’s budget.
On 2 October 2002 a delegation from the Public Accounts Committee of the Penang State
  Legislative Assembly will be on attachment to the Public Accounts and Estimates
  Committee secretariat to learn about the Committee’s role in scrutinising financial and
  budgetary matters.
Report to be tabled in the Parliament in October 2002.


REVIEW OF AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORTS

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
On 28 November 2001, PAEC report No. 44 relating to the Review of the Auditor-General’s
  Report No. 43 (Protecting Victoria’s Children: the role of the Department of Human
  Services) tabled in the Parliament.
The full text of the report is on the PAEC Homepage.
On 29 November 2001, report distributed to relevant Ministers and Departments.
On 7 March 2002, the Auditor-General was requested to provide an update on progress
  made with implementing recommendations contained in Performance Audit Reports
  Nos. 51 Victorian Rural Ambulance Services and 65 Reducing Landfill – Waste
  Management by Municipal Councils.
Government response to Committee’s Report No. 44, tabled in the Parliament on 28 May
  2002.
On 25 June 2002, advice received from the Auditor-General on Performance Audit Report
  No. 51
On 3 July 2002, advice received from the Auditor-General on Performance Audit Report No.
  65
Briefing paper prepared on the Government’s Response to Committee Report No. 44.
Briefing paper prepared on the Follow-up Review of Performance Audit Report
   No. 51 and circulated to the Committee.



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Future Activities
Full Committee to consider briefing papers on the follow-up review of the Auditor-
  General’s report No. 51 and the Government’s Response to Report No. 44 at the
  Committee’s meeting on 26 September 2002.
Briefing paper to be prepared on Performance Audit Report No. 65.


ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
Interim Report (No 31) tabled on 3 June 1999. Report also available on the Internet.
Government response tabled on 2 December 1999.
Committee considered a briefing paper on 23 March 2000, which proposed terms of
  reference for the follow-up Inquiry.
Terms of reference adopted by the Committee on 23 March 2000.
On 27 March 2002, Report No. 46 on the follow-up Inquiry was tabled in the Parliament.
On 17 July 2002, the Chairman gave a presentation at a meeting of the South Pacific Group
  of Audit Institutions Regional Working Group on Environmental Auditing.

Future Activity
Await Government response to report, due on 27 September 2002.


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REFORM PROGRAM

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
On 15 February 2001, Chairman gave a presentation on “Examining Government Reporting
  Requirements” to an IIR Conference in Canberra.
On 5 April 2001, the Committee met with Dr Sahala Benny Pasaribu from the Indonesian
  Parliament to discuss governance and accountability issues relating to the financial
  management reform program.
On 4 May 2001, the Chairman briefed senior Indonesian public officials on the work of the
  Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.
On 29 and 30 May 2001, the Executive Officer attended a conference on Performance
  Measures for State and Local Government.
On 1 June 2001, the Chairman met with Mr Martin Peck, MP, Chairman of the New Zealand
  Finance and Expenditure Select Committee to discuss financial management issues.
On 18 July 2001, a Member of the Committee, Mrs Maddigan, and the Committee’s
  Executive Officer briefed a Member and an Officer of the Gautent Provincial Legislature,
  South Africa, on the work of the Committee in relation to financial management issues.


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On 15 August 2001, Executive Officer of the Committee participated in a briefing of
  Malaysian Government evaluators.
On 6 September 2001, the Chairman briefed Members of a delegation visiting from
  Mongolia.
On 17 September 2001, the Chairman and Executive Officer briefed Members of the
  Vietnamese Parliamentary Committee on Economic and Budget Affairs.
On 4 October 2001, the Chairman-elect of the Northern Territory Public Accounts
  Committee attended a Committee meeting as an observer.
On 29 October 2001, the Executive Officer of the Committee briefed senior Indonesian
  government officials on the role and functions of the Committee.
On 20 November 2001, the Chairman gave a paper on risk management from a governance
  perspective at a CPA Government Business Symposium.
On 29 November 2001, the Committee considered and adopted its annual report for 2000-
  2001.
On 3 December 2001, the Committee's annual report for 2000-2001 tabled in the Legislative
  Council.
On 21 February 2002, the Chairman gave a paper on a parliamentary perspective of
  performance measures for Government at a conference in Canberra.
On 25 February 2002, the Chairman met with officials from the United States General
  Accounting Office to discuss issues relating to the Victorian financial management
  reform program.
On 26 February 2002, the Committee’s annual report for 2000-2001 tabled in the Legislative
  Assembly.
On 14 May 2002, the Executive Officer of the Committee briefed Mr David Clark, Audit
  Manager with the UK National Audit Office on the work of the Public Accounts and
  Estimates Committee.

Activities during August 2002
On 1 August 2002, the Executive Officer of the Committee briefed Mr Steve Bender, on
  the budget staff of the Legislature of the State of Oregon, USA on the Committee’s
  work on financial and budgetary matters.
Work continued on preparing the Committee’s annual report for 2001-02.

Future Activities
The Committee’s annual report to be considered at the meeting scheduled for 26
  September 2002.
Report to be tabled in Parliament.
Executive Officer to review and provide comments on the Best Practice model for Public
  Accounts Committees in South Africa.


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AUSTRALASIAN COUNCIL OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEES (ACPAC)

In February 2001, Mr Loney, MP appointed Chairman of the Australasian Council of Public
   Accounts Committees (ACPAC).
The Chairman and staff of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee secretariat met
  with officials from the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit
  for a briefing on the arrangements for the previous ACPAC conference.
Letters sent to all Members of ACPAC seeking information about their meeting
  arrangements for February 2002.
Responses received from Members of ACPAC on the preferred date for the mid-term
  meeting.
Delegates advised that the mid-term meeting will be held on 7 February 2002.
Briefing paper prepared on suggested topics for the ACPAC conference and workshops.
On 14 December 2001, options paper forwarded to delegates for consideration at the mid-
  term meeting.
Administrative arrangements finalised for mid-term meeting.
Mid-term meeting of ACPAC held in Melbourne on 7 February 2002.
Letters sent to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the President of the
  World Bank, the Premier, the Governor of Victoria and the Speaker of the Victorian
  Legislative Assembly inviting them to participate in the Biennial Conference of ACPAC.
Responses received from CPA; The World Bank and the Governor of Victoria and the
  Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
On 27 May 2002, the Chairman gave a paper at the conference of the South African
  Association of Public Accounts Committees in Kimberley, South Africa.
Letter sent to the President of the Legislative Council.
Submission forwarded to Mr Speaker seeking assistance with the funding of the ACPAC
  Conference.
Work continued on preparing the program for the Conference.
ACPAC newsletter formatted and updated.
Legal opinion on the process for changing ACPAC’s constitution sought.

Activities during August 2002
Briefing material prepared for the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees
   conference.
Chairman attended the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees conference in
  St John’s, Newfoundland from 26 – 28 August 2002.
Venue for ACPAC 2003 conference selected.

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Quotes obtained for the provision of various services for the ACPAC 2003 conference.
Work commenced on preparing a database for the mailing list for delegates to the
 ACPAC 2003 conference.
Draft ACPAC 2003 conference program prepared.

Future Activities
Distribute newsletter to all Members of ACPAC.
Organise meeting of ACPAC members for October 2002 to discuss changes to ACPAC’s
  constitution.
Plan 7th Biennial Conference of ACPAC in Melbourne for 2 - 5 February 2003.


PERFORMANCE AUDIT PROGRAM

Source of reference: Audit Act 1994, section 16(2).
On 23 January 2001, the Sub-Committee met with the Victorian Chief Commissioner of
  Police to take further evidence in connection with the performance audit of Local Priority
  Policing.
Auditor-General’s Reports on Grants to Non-Government Organisations; Non-Metropolitan
  Water Authorities; and Intellectual Disability Services discussed at Committee meeting
  on 8 March 2001.
On 8 March 2001, discussions held with the Auditor-General concerning the performance
  audit program for 2001-2002.
On 26 April 2001, meeting held with the Auditor-General and senior officers of the Victorian
  Auditor-General’s Office to discuss the performance audit reports on Grants to NGOs;
  Non-Metropolitan Water Authorities and Intellectual Disability Services.
On 8 June 2001, meeting held with officers from the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office to
  discuss the scope of two performance audits on Departmental Performance Management
  and Reporting; and Teacher Workforce Planning.
On 26 June 2001, Sub-Committee suggested changes to the specifications for these audits.
On 26 June 2001, Sub-Committee meeting held to discuss the scope of performance audits of
  Mental Health Services: Crisis Prevention and Response for Adults and Adolescents;
  International Students in Victorian Universities; and Investment Attraction and
  Facilitation in Victoria.
On 27 June 2001, Sub-Committee proposed changes to the scope of the performance audit of
  International Students in Victorian Universities and requested a briefing from the
  Victorian Auditor-General’s Office on the other two audits.
On 19 July 2001, the Auditor-General responded to the Sub-Committee’s suggested changes
  to various performance audits.




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On 7 August 2001, meeting of the Sub-Committee held with officers of the Victorian
  Auditor-General’s Office for a briefing on the audits of mental health services; and
  investment attraction and facilitation in Victoria.
Briefing papers prepared on performance audit reports on Salinity; and Teaching
   Equipment in the TAFE sector.
On 30 November 2001, draft specifications received for the performance audits on nursing
  workforce planning; road infrastructure and management in Local Government; and
  Environment Protection Authority – Air Quality Review.
Briefing papers on these specifications prepared and circulated to Members of the Sub-
   Committee.
On 11 December 2001, the Committee was briefed by officers of the Victorian Auditor-
  General’s Office on performance audit reports tabled during the 2001 spring session of
  Parliament.
On 11 December 2001, the Sub-Committee on Performance Audits met with officers of the
  Victorian Auditor-General’s Office for a briefing on the proposed performance audits on
  nursing workforce planning; road infrastructure and management in Local Government;
  and Environment Protection Authority – Review of Air Quality.
On 6 February 2002, the Committee was briefed by the Auditor-General on the proposed
  performance audit plan for 2002.
On 14 March 2002, the Sub-Committee on Performance Audits was briefed by the Auditor-
  General on the proposed performance audits of dental health and food safety.
Draft response to the Auditor-General’s proposed audit program for 2002-2003 considered
  at a meeting of the full Committee on 2 May 2002.
On 6 May 2002 response forwarded to the Auditor-General.
On 18 June 2002, the Sub-Committee on Performance Audits met with officers of the
  Victorian Auditor-General’s Office for a briefing on the proposed performance audits on
  risk management; fire prevention and medical equipment.

Activities during August 2002
On 6 August 2002, the Sub-Committee on Performance Audits met with officers of the
  Victorian Auditor-General’s Office to discuss the draft specifications for the proposed
  performance audits on drug education in Victorian government schools; and
  performance management and reporting. The Sub-Committee was also briefed on the
  Performance Audit reports on the management of claims by the Victorian WorkCover
  Authority and the management of major inquiry claims by the Transport Accident
  Commission.
Briefing papers on the specifications for the two performance audits were prepared and
   distributed to Members of the Sub-Committee.




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Future Activities
Briefing on performance audit reports tabled during the autumn session of Parliament to
   be organised.
On 22 October 2002, the Sub-Committee on Performance Audits is to meet with officers
  of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office to discuss the draft specifications for several
  performance audits.


DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES – SERVICE                                AGREEMENTS      FOR
COMMUNITY, HEALTH AND WELFARE SERVICES

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
On 23 March 2000, the Committee considered a briefing paper and adopted terms of
  reference for the Inquiry.
On 18 April 2002, PAEC Report No. 47 tabled in the Parliament.
Report distributed to all interested parties.

Future Activities
Await Government response to report, due on 18 October 2002.
On 21 October 2002, the Chairman of the Sub-Committee (Ms Barker) to give a paper at
 the Queensland University of Technology conference on Recent Developments in
 Government Community Sector Relations.


CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN THE VICTORIAN PUBLIC SECTOR

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
On 26 September 2001, the Executive Officer, on behalf of the Chairman, presented a paper
 on “Assessing the implications that outsourcing and contracting has on corporate
 governance within government departments” at a conference in Sydney.
On 12 February 2002, draft issues paper forwarded to the Chairperson of the Sub-
 Committee to review.
On 20 February 2002, comments received from Sub-Committee Chairperson.
Issues paper revised.
On 14 March 2002 the draft Issues Paper was considered by the full Committee and adopted
 with amendments. Terms of reference amended.
Sub-Committee appointed.
Inquiry advertised on 6 April 2002.
Issues paper distributed to all government entities and other interested parties.



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On 1 May 2002, public hearing held with representatives from the Municipal Association of
 Victoria; the Auditor-General’s Office; Victorian Council of Social Service; Energy Action
 Group; and Professor Graeme Hodge.
Letters sent to all interstate Audit Offices; Public Accounts Committees and Public Service
  Commissioners seeking information about developments with corporate governance.
Closing date for submissions is 30 May 2002.
Executive Officer and Research Officer attended National Institute for Governance seminar.
Research Officer attended seminar on corporate governance.
51 submissions received.
On 5 July 2002, a briefing paper on the strategy for undertaking the Inquiry forwarded to the
 Sub-Committee Chairman to review.
Submissions analysed and briefing paper prepared.

Activity during August 2002

On 13 August 2002 the Chairman wrote to the Premier concerning the status of the whole
 of the Government’s submission and requesting a briefing on corporate governance
 arrangements in the public sector.

Future Activities
Briefing paper on the key issues identified in submissions to be forwarded to the
  Chairperson to review.
Briefing paper to be distributed to the Sub-Committee.
Follow-up status of whole of government submission.


VALUATION AND REPORTING OF HERITAGE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
ASSETS

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
Briefing paper considered by the Committee on 23 March 2000 and terms of reference for the
  Inquiry adopted.
Inquiry advertised in major metropolitan newspapers on 1 April 2000.
Sub-Committee appointed on 12 April 2000.
Requests for submissions forwarded to the Treasurer, some government agencies, councils,
  accounting organisations and interested individuals.
Thirty-two submissions received.
Submissions analysed and key issues identified.
On 12 October 2000 a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:


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  Mr Ian Langfield-Smith, Specialist Adviser to the Inquiry
  Mr Greg Pound, Assistant Auditor-General, Accounting and Auditing Policy, Victorian
    Auditor-General’s Office
  Mr Erik Hopp, Director, Accounting and Auditing Policy, Victorian Auditor-General’s
    Office
  Mr Martin Hallett, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Museum Victoria
  Mr Tim Stranks, Executive Projects Officer, Museum Victoria
  Mr Doug Thompson, Director of Finance, VicRoads.
Public hearing held in Melbourne on 10 November 2000 with the following witnesses:
  Mr G. Newcombe, General Manager, National Gallery of Victoria
  Professor J. Ross, Chief Botanist of Victoria
  Ms L. McAllister, Research Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
  Professor G. Carnegie, Head of School of Accounting and Finance, Deakin University
  Mr K. Alfredson, Chairman, Australian Accounting Standards Board
  Mr J. Paul, Senior Project Manager, Australian Accounting Standards Board
  Mr F. Micallef, General Manager — Accounting, North Limited
Public hearing held in Canberra on 13 December 2000 with the following witnesses:
  Professor Alan Barton, Department of Commerce, Faculty of Economics and Commerce,
    Australian National University
  Mr Brett Kaufmann, Head of the Commonwealth Accounting Centre of Excellence Team,
    Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration
  Ms Margaret Baird, Head of Finance, National Gallery of Australia
  Mr Mark Dawes, Head of Corporate Services, Australian War Memorial
  Mr Mark Whitmore, Assistant Director - National Collections, Australian War Memorial
  Ms Leanne Patterson, Assistant Director – Finance, Australian War Memorial.

Public hearing held in Sydney on 14 December 2000 with the following witnesses:
  Professor Peter Wolnizer, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of
    Sydney
  Professor Bob Walker, Professor of Accounting, School of Accounting, University of NSW
    and Chairman of the Board, Superannuation Administration Corporation of NSW
  Mr Martin Smith, Senior Policy Adviser, NSW Treasury
  Mr Andrew Waddington, Finance Manager, Crown Transactions, NSW Treasury
  Professor Des Griffin, Former Director, Australian Museum




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  Mr Richard Llewellyn, Manager, Collection Valuation Project for Australian Museum,
    Powerhouse Museum, State Library, Royal Botanic Gardens and NSW Parliamentary
    Library
  Mr Bob Sendt, NSW Auditor-General
  Ms Maria Spriggins, Director of Audit; Audit Office of NSW
  Mr Sam Kalagurgevic, Director of Audit, Audit Office of NSW.
Public hearing held on 7 March 2001 with the following witnesses:
  Mr Steve Gurr, Acting Director, Financial Policy and Compliance; Department of
    Treasury and Finance;
  Mr Warren McGregor, Stevenson McGregor (Consultants);
  Mr Graeme Addicott, Regional Manager, Darwin Region, Australian Valuation Office;
  Mr Allan Molland, School of Accounting and Law, RMIT University; and
  Ms Carmel Capitanio, Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Management, School of
    Business, LaTrobe University.
Further public hearing held on 10 April 2001 with the following witnesses:
  Mr Robert Marsh, City of Melbourne;
  Mr Bill Forrester and Mr Anthony Connelly, Melbourne Water Corporation;
  Mr Andrew Bainbridge and Mr Keith Caldwell, Moorabool Shire Council;
  Mr Jack Dunham, Valuer-General of Victoria, and Mr Graeme Balfour, Office of the
    Valuer-General of Victoria; and
  Mrs Ruth Picker, Partner and Business Unit Director, National Accounting and Auditing
    Standards, Ernst & Young.
Options paper prepared.
Options paper reviewed.
Work continued on preparing draft report.
On 27 March 2002, chapters 1 to 6 of the draft report forwarded to the Chairman and Sub-
 Committee Chairman to review.
On 5 April 2002, chapter 7 forwarded to the Chairman and Sub-Committee Chairman to
 review.
Draft report considered by the Sub-Committee on 11 April 2002 and amended.

Activity during August 2002
Draft report revised and forwarded to the Sub-Committee.




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Future Activities
Draft report to be considered at a meeting on 5 September 2002.
Draft report to be considered by the full Committee.
Adoption, tabling and distribution of report in October 2002.


PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
Briefing paper and draft terms of reference considered by the Committee on 27 April 2000.
Sub-Committee appointed on 12 April 2000.
Executive Officer of the Committee/Research Officer attended seminar on Public/Private
  Partnerships.
Draft terms of reference and briefing paper revised.
Draft terms of reference and briefing paper re-considered and adopted by the Committee on
  6 February 2002.
On 27 February 2002, letter sent to the Treasurer requesting a submission to the Inquiry.
On 2 March 2002, Inquiry advertised in various metropolitan and national newspapers.
Requests for submissions sent to a number of organisations.
Submission prepared seeking approval for some Members of the Committee to undertake
  an overseas study program to review developments with partnership arrangements.
On 30 April 2002, the Sub-Committee was briefed by representatives from the Victorian
 Auditor-General’s Office, Department of Treasury and Finance; Tasman Economics;
 Institution of Engineers; Transfield; PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Professor Graeme
 Hodge and Dr Raphael Arndt.
31 submissions received to date.
Extensions of time given to various organisations for forwarding submissions.
Approval given for overseas study program.
Draft Report prepared on the overseas study program and circulated to Members on 31 May
 2002.
Draft Report on the proposed overseas visit scheduled for consideration at a committee
 meeting on 4 June 2002.
Overseas study tour cancelled.
34 submissions analysed and briefing paper prepared.
Draft briefing paper forwarded to Chairman to review.
Proposal for Inquiry Strategy prepared and forwarded to Chairman.


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Activities during August 2002
Background briefing papers forwarded to the Sub-Committee.
On 15 August 2002 a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
  Mr T. Cave, General Manager, Major Projects Delivery and Mr J. Charleson, Deputy
    Secretary, Corporate Services, Department of Justice; and
  Mr G. Campbell, Partner, Maddocks.

On 20 August 2002 a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
  Mr G. Joyce, Graeme Joyce Pty Ltd;
  Dr A. Smith, Director and Ms M. Baker, Melbourne City Link; and
  Ms C. Hilder, Director, Policy, Australian Council for Infrastructure Development.

On 8 August 2002, the Chairman gave a presentation to the Property Council’s Planning
 and Infrastructure Committee.

Future Activities
A public hearing will be held on 24 September 2002 with the following witnesses:
  Mr Craig Wallace, Chief Executive – Australasia, National Express Group;
  Mr Paul Kennelly, Research Officer, Australian Education Union – Victorian Branch;
  Ms Cath Smith, Chief Executive Officer, VCOSS;
  Mr Brian Boyd, Campaigns and Industrial Officer, Victorian Trades Hall Council; and
  Mr Don Johnson, General Manager – Victoria, Thiess.
Public hearings to be arranged for Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.
On 14 November 2002, Chairman to give a paper at the national conference of the
 Institute of Public Administration Australia in Adelaide.
Draft report to be prepared and considered by the Sub-Committee.


STATUTORY INDEPENDENT OFFICERS OF PARLIAMENT LEGISLATION

Source of reference: Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, section 4F(1)(b).
Terms of reference adopted by the Committee on 12 April 2000.
Terms of reference advertised and submissions called for in metropolitan and national press
  on 4 April 2000.
Sub-Committee appointed on 12 April 2000.
Requests for submissions sent to a number of statutory office-holders on 18 April 2000.
Ten submissions received.
Submissions analysed and key issues identified.


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On 3 and 4 August 2000, Sub-Committee met with New Zealand statutory Officers of
 Parliament, the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, the Officers of
 Parliament Committee and officials from the New Zealand Treasury.
On 22 August 2000, the Sub-Committee met with the Victorian Auditor-General, Mr W.
 Cameron, and the Assistant Auditor-General, Mr J. Manders.
Further research undertaken.
On 9 October 2000, a public hearing was held in Melbourne with the following witnesses:
  Mr Peter Salway, Commissioner for Public Employment
  Dr Wayne Chamley, Management Group, The Purple Sage Project
  Professor Colin Clark, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business and Law and Head of the
    Public Sector Research Unit, Victoria University of Technology
  Mr Michael De Martinis, Lecturer, School of Accounting and Finance, Victoria University
    of Technology
On 10 October 2000, a public hearing was held in Canberra with the following witnesses:
  Mr Harry Evans, Clerk of the Senate
  Mr John Parkinson, Convenor of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General and
    A.C.T. Auditor-General
  Mr Ron McLeod, Commonwealth Ombudsman
  Mr Oliver Winder, Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman
  Mr Bob Charles, MP, Chairman of the Commonwealth Joint Committee of Public
    Accounts and Audit
  Dr Margot Kerley, Secretary to the Commonwealth Joint Committee of Public Accounts
    and Audit
  Dr John Uhr, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
  Professor Roger Wettenhall, Visiting Fellow, Research School of Public Sector
    Management, University of Canberra.

On 29 March 2001 the following witnesses gave evidence:
  Dr John Tamblyn, Victorian Regulator-General; and
  Dr Barry Perry, The Ombudsman Victoria.
Work commenced on preparing draft report.
Further research undertaken on developments overseas.

Future Activities
Draft report to be finalised.
Draft report to be considered by the Committee.
Adoption, tabling and distribution of report.


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AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE

Source of reference: Audit Act 1994, sections 7A(2) and 7D(2).
On 8 March 2001, the Committee discussed the draft specifications for the independent
   financial and performance audits of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office.
Draft specifications forwarded to the Auditor-General for comment.
Auditor-General's comments on the draft specifications considered by the Committee on
   15 March 2001.
Specifications for the performance and financial audits adopted by the Committee on 15
    March 2001.
Tenders called for on 17 March 2001. Closing date for receipt of submissions was 6
   April 2001.
Specifications forwarded to a number of consulting and auditing organisations.
Sub-Committee appointed to review all tender proposals.
Chairman discussed the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office's budget with officials from
   Department of Treasury and Finance.
Committee's response to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office's Draft Annual Plan
   prepared and forwarded to the Auditor-General.
On 23 April 2001, Sub-Committee met with short-listed tenderers for the performance and
  financial audits of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.
Draft report prepared recommending the appointment of the financial and performance
  auditors.
Draft report considered, amended and adopted at Committee meeting on 26 April 2001.
Report tabled on 2 May 2001.
Contracts for the appointment of the auditors prepared and finalised.
On 16 May 2001, preliminary meeting held with independent performance auditor.
On 25 May 2001, Chairman met with Auditor-General and Assistant Auditor-General.
On 5 June 2001, Chairman and Deputy Chairman met with independent performance
   auditor.
Proposed audit plan for the performance audit received and reviewed by the Members of
    the Sub-Committee.
On 27 June 2001, the Sub-Committee endorsed the audit plan.
Advice received that the independent financial auditor, Mr Christopher Lewis, had
   resigned; Sub-Committee sought probity advice on arrangements for appointing a
   replacement.
Probity advice received.

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On 2 August 2001, Committee met with Mr Stuart Alford, independent performance
  auditor.
On 7 August 2001, Sub-Committee interviewed a tenderer for the financial audit of the
  Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.
On 14 August 2001, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman interviewed another tenderer for
  the financial audit.
On 22 August 2001, the Committee adopted a report recommending the appointment of a
  replacement auditor to undertake the financial audit of the Victorian Auditor-General’s
  Office.
On 23 August 2001, Report No. 42 tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
On 24 August 2001, the Committee with Mr Stuart Alford, the independent performance
  audit, for a briefing on his preliminary findings.
On 6 September 2001, the Committee continued discussions with Mr Stuart Alford on the
  preliminary findings of the performance audit.
On 18 September 2001, the Committee’s report no. 42 tabled in the Legislative Council
  recommending Mr Graeme Ross be appointed as the financial auditor of the Victorian
  Auditor-General’s Office.
On 26 September 2001, the appointment of the auditor was endorsed by both Houses of
  Parliament.
Contract for replacement financial auditor prepared and forwarded to Mr Ross.
On 3 October 2001, the Auditor-General briefed the Committee on proposed changes to the
  Audit Act.
On 4 October 2001, officers from the Department of Treasury and Finance briefed the
  Committee on proposed changes to the Audit Act.
On 30 October 2001, the report on the Performance Audit of the Victorian Auditor-General’s
  Office was tabled in the Parliament.
On 11 December 2001, the Committee resolved to undertake a review of the Report on the
  2001 Performance Audit of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (Alford Report).
Sub-Committee appointed to undertake the review.
On 11 December 2001, letters sent to the Auditor-General and the Secretary of the
  Department   of   Treasury    and    Finance     seeking    their views on  the
  recommendations/suggestions contained in the Alford Report.
Briefing paper prepared on the Alford Report.
On 6 February 2002, the Auditor-General briefed the Committee on the Victorian Auditor-
  General’s Office proposed budget and annual plan for 2002-2003.
The Committee sought advice from the Department of Treasury and Finance on the
  proposed 2002-2003 budget of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.



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Responses received from the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office and the Secretary of the
  Department of Treasury and Finance concerning the Alford Report.
On 7 March 2002, briefing paper and responses received from the Auditor-General and the
  Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance on the Alford Report reviewed by the
  Sub-Committee.
On 14 March 2002, the Committee forwarded a response concerning the Auditor-General’s
  budget estimates for 2002-2003 to the Treasurer and the Presiding Officers.
On 14 March 2002, draft response to the Auditor-General’s draft annual plan for 2002-2003
  discussed at a meeting of the full Committee.
Draft report prepared on the Alford Report.
Draft report on the Alford Report and the response to the Auditor-General’s draft annual
  plan considered by the full Committee on 2 May 2002.
Report No 48 tabled in the Parliament on 29 May 2002.
On 6 May 2002, the Committee’s response to the Draft Annual Plan forwarded to the
  Auditor-General.
On 20 May 2002, Auditor-General’s comments on proposed changes to the VAGO annual
  plan received.
On 27 May 2002, suggested statement of protocols between the Committee and the Auditor-
  General received.
Auditor-General advised the Committee about a legal problem with tabling his annual plan.
A copy of the Auditor-General’s annual plan for 2002-03 received.

Future Activity
Protocol statement to be discussed at the Committee’s meeting on 26 September 2002.



CHANGES TO THE VICTORIAN PUBLIC SERVICE

Source of reference: Referred by the Legislative Council on 21 November 2001.
Briefing paper prepared on the proposed terms of reference and strategy for undertaking
  the Inquiry.
Briefing paper considered at Committee meeting on 6 February 2002, and Sub-Committee
  appointed to undertake the Inquiry.
On 7 March 2002, Sub-Committee considered a briefing paper outlining the proposed
 strategy for undertaking the Inquiry. Strategy adopted by the Sub-Committee.
Inquiry advertised on 16 March 2002.
On 4 April 2002, Sub-Committee reviewed and amended the draft questionnaire on
  workforce planning.



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On 12 April 2002, questionnaire distributed to all Government Departments.
Closing date for receipt of submissions was 30 June 2002.

11 submissions received and analysed.

Activity during August 2002
Briefing paper for the Inquiry Strategy prepared and considered by the Sub-Committee
  on 20 August 2002.

Future Activities
Draft report to be prepared.
Sub-Committee to review draft report in October.




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ROAD SAFETY COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9651 3634       Facsimile:    (03) 9651 3691

Email:        rsc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Website:      http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/parlrsc

Members:
  (Council)          The Hons Andrew Brideson and Elaine Carbines MLC.
  (Assembly)         Mr Don Kilgour, Mr C A C Langdon, Mr Tony Plowman, Mr Garry Spry
                     and Mr Ian Trezise, MP.
Chairman:            The Hon Andrew Brideson, MLC
Executive Officer:   Ms A Douglas



IMPROVING SAFETY FOR OLDER ROAD USERS

Terms of Reference issued by Governor in Council on 22 May 2001.
Activities during August 2002
The Committee held two days of public hearings on 5 & 6 August. Evidence was heard
  from representatives of: Insurance Council of Australia; Victoria Police; the Royal
  Australian College of General Practitioners; Centre for Eye Research; Pharmaceutical
  Society of Australia (Victorian Branch); Dr John Reid, cognitive neuroscientist;
  CogState Ltd; Peter James Centre, Eastern Health Service; School of Occupational
  Therapy, La Trobe University and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
The conference on Mobility and Safety of Older People was held 26-27 August.
  209 people attended, many of whom do not ordinarily attend road safety conferences,
  such as health providers, community transport representatives, community groups for
  older people and older members of the community. The next stage is to reproduce all
  the papers and workshops presented into a report that will be released and distributed
  widely.

Future Activity
The State Coroner will meet with the Committee on 23 September 2002.




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THE ESCALATION IN VICTORIA’S ROAD TOLL DURING 2000 – 2001

Referred by the Legislative Council on 21 November 2001.
A reply is awaited from the leaders of both Houses to the Committee’s request that the
  two references be combined.
47 submissions have been received to date.
Members of the Committee attended a Defensive Driving Program (Level 1) at Jim
 Murcott’s driving centre on 13 August 2002.


ROAD CRASHES INVOLVING VEHICLES                       LEAVING   THE    ROAD     AND
COLLIDING WITH ROADSIDE OBJECTS

Referred by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001.
Inquiry has not yet commenced.


FLUCTUATIONS IN THE NUMBER AND SEVERITY OF CRASHES ON
VICTORIAN ROADS FROM 1988 UNTIL THE PRESENT

Referred by the Legislative Assembly on 28 November 2001.
A reply is awaited from the leaders of both Houses to the Committee’s request that the
  two references be combined.
47 combined submissions have been received to date.




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SCRUTINY OF ACTS AND REGULATIONS
COMMITTEE

Level 8, 35 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone:    (03) 9651 4008     Facsimile:     (03) 9651 3674

Website:      www.parliament.vic.gov.au/sarc

Email:        andrew.homer@parliament.gov.au(Scrutiny of Bills)
              jenny.baker@parliament.gov.au(Scrutiny of Regulations)
              andrew.monaghan@parliament.vic.gov.au (Electronic Democracy inquiry)
              simon.dinsberg@parliament.vic.gov.au (Administration)

Members:
  (Council)           The Hons. M A Birrell, (Deputy Chair), J Mikakos,
                      A P Olexander (Deputy Chair) and C A Strong.
  (Assembly)          Mrs E Beattie, Mr C Carli, Ms M J Gillett (Chair),
                      Hon R R C Maclellan and Mr T Robinson.
Chair:                Ms M Gillett MP
Executive Officer:    Mr A J Homer



SUBCOMMITTEES

Anzac Day Subcommittee
    Ms Mary Gillett MP (Chair),
    Ms E. Beattie MP
    Hon. Mark Birrell MLC,
    Hon. Andrew Olexander MLC, and
    Mr Tony Robinson MP.
Redundant Legislation Subcommittee
    Hon. Chris Strong MLC (Chair)
    Ms Liz Beattie MP
    Mr Carlo Carli MP
    Hon. R R C Maclellan MP
    Hon. A P Olexander MLC.




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Regulation Review Subcommittee
    Hon. Jenny Mikakos MLC (Chair)
    Ms Mary Gillett MP
    Hon. R R C Maclellan MP
    Hon. A P Olexander MLC
    Mr Tony Robinson MP.


CURRENT COMMITTEE REFERENCES

   Review of Anzac Day Laws — [Anzac Day Subcommittee];
   Electronic (E) – Democracy – [Full Committee];
   Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 – [Regulation Review Subcommittee]; and
   Vagrancy Act 1966 – [Redundant Legislation Subcommittee].

Activities during August 2002
FULL COMMITTEE

The Full Committee met on 23 August to consider the adoption of two final reports
  concerning the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and the Vagrancy Act 1966. Both drafts
  were adopted by the Full Committee and are expected to be tabled in Parliament in the
  first week of September.


ANZAC DAY SUBCOMMITTEE

The Subcommittee held a public hearing on 2 September 2002. The Subcommittee will
  now consider the evidence before it and draft its recommendations and final report,
  envisaged to be tabled early in the Spring Sitting of Parliament.


E-DEMOCRACY SUBCOMMITTEE

The Members of the Subcommittee have just returned from undertaking an overseas
  study tour. The discussion paper is being finalised for imminent release, accompanied
  by a series of discussion sheets on individual themes in the paper.


REDUNDANT LEGISLATION SUBCOMMITTEE

The Subcommittee did not meet in August.




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REGULATION REVIEW SUBCOMMITTEE

The Subcommittee met on 30 August and discussed the following Statutory Rules –
   SR No. 170 — Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres)
    (Interim) Regulations 2001
   Declaration of State Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality Management) [‘SEPP
    (AQM)’]
   Variation of State Environment Protection Policy (Ambient Air Quality) [‘SEPP
    (AAQ)’]
   SR No. 1 — Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Fees) (Amendment)
    Regulations 2002
   SR No. 2 — Crown Proceedings Regulations 2002
   SR No. 3 — Subordinate Legislation (Survey Co-ordination (Surveys) Regulations
    1992 – Extension of Operation) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 4 — Magistrates’ Court General (Infringements) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 6 — Health (Prescribed Consultative Councils) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 7 — Alcoholics and Drug-dependent Persons Regulations 2002
   SR No. 8 — Marine (Amendment) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 9 — Health (Quality of Drinking Water) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 11 - Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Regulations 2002
   SR No. 10 — Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 12 — Road Safety (General) (Drink Driving Infringement) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 13 — Evidence (Affidavits and Statutory Declarations) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 14 — Reference Areas Advisory Committee Regulations 2002
   SR No. 15 — Health Services (Residential Services) Visitors Board Elections
    Regulations 2002
   SR No. 16 — Cancer Reporting Regulations 2002
   SR No. 17 — Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Regulations (Fees) (Further
    Amendment) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 18 — Conservation, Forests and Lands (Infringement Notice) (Amendment)
    Regulations 2002
   SR No. 19 — Fisheries (Fees and Levies) Regulations 2002
   SR No. 20 — Occupational Health and Safety (Major Hazard Facilities) (Amendment)
    Regulations 2002




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URBAN AND REGIONAL LAND CORPORATION
MANAGING DIRECTOR SELECT COMMITTEE

Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne 3002
Telephone: (03) 9651 8672      Facsimile:   (03) 9650 5253

Website:          http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/committees

Members:
      (Council)          The Hons R M Hallam, G W Jennings, N B Lucas, G K Rich-Phillips and T
                         C Theophanous
Chairman:                The Hon N B Lucas, MLC
Secretary:               Dr R Wright



SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE URBAN AND REGIONAL LAND CORPORATION
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Terms of Reference agreed to by the Legislative Council on 5 December 2001 as follows:
(a)     That a Select Committee of five members be appointed to enquire into and report
        upon any matters relating to the selection, appointment and resignation of Mr. Jim
        Reeves as Managing Director of the Urban and Regional Land Corporation, together
        with any involvement of external agencies and consultants.
(b)     That the Committee shall consist of two members nominated by the Leader of the
        Government, two members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition and one
        member nominated by the Leader of the National Party.
(c)     That the members shall be appointed by lodgement of the names with the President
        by the Leaders no later than 4.00 p.m. on Thursday, 6 December 2001.
(d)     That the first meeting of the Committee shall be held at 10.30 a.m. on Friday, 7
        December 2001.
(e)     That the Committee may proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all
        members have not been appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.
(f)     That the Committee shall elect a Deputy Chairman to act as Chairman at any time
        when the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.
(g)     That three members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
(h)     That the Committee may send for persons, papers and records.
(i)     That the Committee may authorise the publication of any evidence taken by it in
        public and any documents presented to it.



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(j)     That reports of the Committee may be presented to the Council from time to time and
        that the Committee present its final report to the Council on or before 31 May 2002.
(k)     That the presentation of a report or an interim report of the Committee shall not be
        deemed to terminate the Committee’s appointment, powers or functions.
(l)     That the Committee shall, unless it otherwise resolves, take all evidence in public and
        may otherwise sit in public at anytime if it so decides.
(m) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with
    the Standing Orders and practice of the Council, shall have effect notwithstanding
    anything contained in the Standing Orders.
First Committee meeting held on 7 December 2001.
Requests for information sent to private and public sector organisations, and private
   individuals, with a final submission date of 18 January 2002.
On 11 February 2002, the Committee considered the submissions received and resolved to
   obtain additional information from public sector organisations.
On 20 February 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
     Mr Geoff Tabe, Manager, Governance, Department of Treasury and Finance
     Mr Alan Hawkes, Director, Commercial Management, Department of Treasury and
      Finance
     Mr Desmond Glynn, former Chief Executive Officer, Urban and Regional Land
      Corporation
     Mr Rohan Carr, Heidrick and Struggles
     Ms Karen Spinley, Heidrick and Struggles
      On 21 February 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
     Mr Frank Davis, Board Member, Urban and Regional Land Corporation
     Ms Angie Dickschen, Partner, Freehills
     Mr Marek Petrovs, Chairman, Urban and Regional Land Corporation
      On 22 February 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
     Mr Paul Jerome, Executive Director, Planning, Heritage and Building Division,
      Department of Infrastructure
     Mr Bryce Moore, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Urban and Regional Land Corporation
     Mr Terry Moran, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet
      On 6 March 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
     Mr Owen Lennie, Board Member, Urban and Regional Land Corporation
     Mr Ray O'Halloran, Cabinet Liaison Officer, Department of Infrastructure
     Mr Gary Hesketh, Financial Analyst — Governance, Department of Treasury and
      Finance
     Mr Bill Heywood, Secretary, Government Sector Executive Remuneration Board,
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On 15 March 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
   Mr Grant Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance
   Professor Lyndsay Neilson, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure
On 19 March 2002, the Committee met and adopted the First Interim Report.
On 19 March 2002, the Committee's Terms of Reference were amended by the insertion of a
   new paragraph to follow paragraph (m), namely —
       (n) The Committee shall include with any of its reports to the Council, minority
           reports submitted to it by a member or members of the Committee.
On 20 March 2002, the Chairman tabled the First Interim Report in the Legislative Council.
On 20 March 2002, the Legislative Council debated the following motion —
    That this House requests the Legislative Assembly to grant leave to the Honourable S P
    Bracks MP, Premier of Victoria, the Honourable J W Thwaites MP, Deputy Premier of
    Victoria and Minister for Health, and the Honourable J M Brumby MP, Treasurer, to
    appear before the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the Urban and
    Regional Land Corporation Managing Director to give evidence and answer questions
    in relation to the Committee's terms of reference.
After a division, the motion was agreed to. The message was subsequently debated in the
    Assembly, which in turn sent a message to the Council declining the request.
On 22 March 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witness:
   Professor Lyndsay Neilson, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure
On 19 April 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witness:
   Mr Jack Reilly, Board Member, Urban and Regional Land Corporation.
    Information continued to be acquired by the Committee.
Preliminary work commenced on preparing the Draft Report.
On 1 May 2002, a public hearing was held with the following witnesses:
   Professor Lyndsay Neilson, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure.
   Ms Jenny Singleton, Director of Human Resources, Department of Natural Resources
    and Environment.
    Mr Marek Petrovs, Chairman, Urban and Regional Land Corporation Board;
On 14 and 15 May 2002, the Committee held deliberative meetings.
On 15 May 2002, the Chairman tabled the Committee's Second Interim Report in the
   Legislative Council.
On 29 May 2002, Paragraph (j) of the Committee's Terms of Reference was amended to
   require the Committee to present its final report on or before 30 September 2002.

Activity during August 2002

On 19 August 2002, the Committee met to consider the Draft Report.

Future Activity

The report will be adopted.


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