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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1056..


ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES 1995-96 - SELECT COMMITTEE
Reference - Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1995-96

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (11.41): I ask for leave to move a motion concerning Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1995-96.

Leave granted.

MRS CARNELL: I move:

That, notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 174:

(1) the Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1995-96 be referred to the Select Committee on Additional Estimates 1995-96 for inquiry and report; and

(2) on the Committee presenting its report to the Assembly, resumption of debate on the question "That this Bill be agreed to in principle" be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 6 of 1995

MR WOOD (11.42): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 12 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 6, 1995 - Contract for Collection of Domestic Garbage; and Non-Salary Entitlements of Senior Government Officers". I move:

That the report be noted.

Audit Report No. 6 was presented to the Assembly on 21 September 1995. This examination of the contract for the collection of domestic garbage from Canberra households using mobile garbage bins followed a recommendation by the Assembly 1993-94 Estimates Committee that the Auditor review the tender selection process in view of concerns about fair and open competition between tenderers and value for money. The audit found that the process of evaluating service delivery was sound. The audit also found that, while the financial analysis was adequate, it should have been more comprehensive, particularly in the area of quantifying and identifying the extent of the potential financial risks to which the Government is exposed through the contract.

The committee obtained comment from the responsible Minister on the audit findings and has recommended that the Government clarify the view put to the committee that tender specifications not be so narrowly drawn as to potentially eliminate acceptable technical and financial solutions and that tender documents be designed to allow proper assessment in relation to each tender criterion.


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