Business of the house – I am pleased to rise to support this motion before the house today. I do so also as a member of the Standing Orders Committee. I am very pleased to be a member of that committee. It was formed in this Parliament in March this year. We have had several meetings and, as you can see from the report, we have done some fairly substantial work. The purpose of the Standing Orders Committee is to review the standing orders of the Legislative Assembly and to make recommendations for change. That is indeed what we have here in the report before the house today. We have had a number of meetings and there was some quite robust discussion about a number of the changes, although you will see from the report that many are very cursory in their nature, some brought about by technological change and some simply noting that there need to be some changes in the way that the house operates and the streamlining of these standing orders.
The Legislative Assembly adopted the new standing orders in 2004. The house has made some minor changes along the way and in particular in this Parliament they have included the removal of a number of committees, the joint investigatory committees. I must say that from my point of view it was quite disappointing to see that occur, because in my first term in this place I had the honour of being a member of the Family and Community Development Committee. That was an important committee. The very first referral to that committee looked into the abuse of disabled people in residential care. That inquiry took evidence from all around the state. The committee submitted an interim report and later a final report. One of the recommendations of that committee was that there should be a national royal commission into what was happening in disability services, and we now have that royal commission happening. So it was an important piece of work that made very important recommendations, and a major one of those recommendations was picked up and acted on. The standing orders have been in operation now for 15 years, and the house determined that they should be reviewed. The committee has now put forward these recommendations.