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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1231..


PUBLIC ACCOUNTS - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 7 of 1994 -
Government Response

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (4.52): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Government's response to Report No. 2 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 7, 1994 - Various Agencies - Overseas Travel Executives and Others, and Implementation of Major IT Projects - which was presented to the Assembly on 4 May 1995. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.

COMPETITION POLICY REFORM - SELECT COMMITTEE
Report on Inquiry into Competition Policy Reform Bill 1995 -
Government Response

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism) (4.53): For the information of members, I present the Government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Competition Policy Reform, which was presented to the Assembly on 16 April 1996. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, in presenting the Government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Competition Policy Reform on the inquiry into the Competition Policy Reform Bill 1995, I would like to thank the select committee for its work. The Government appreciates the assistance of the select committee in completing its inquiry within a relatively short timeframe - a timeframe that needed to be met if the ACT is to continue to participate fully in the national competition policy reforms.

In presenting the Government's response to the report, I note that, although the committee was established to inquire into and report on the Competition Policy Reform Bill 1995 and to examine a range of issues in the context of the Bill, many of the submissions it received addressed concerns relating to the broader issue of national competition policy and its implementation, including related reforms in the utilities and transport industries. This extension into these related areas is reflected in the committee's report and recommendations; but let me stress that I am not being critical of the committee. The Government recognised that such a flexible approach was likely to be taken, and in its own submission and briefing for the committee the Government sought to provide the committee with a range of material on national competition policy by way of background and so as to present the Bill in context.


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