Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4302..
MR MOORE (continuing):
our experience has taught us that, when one thing is intended, it is not too long before that intention is taken and misused. It is that ability to stop a good intention being misused that is the concern of the committee. That is why at this stage the committee is not prepared to endorse the draft variation. We understand the good intention in introducing this variation; but, at the same time, we cannot be sure that this good intention will not take off in a different direction and create a series of new problems.
MS McRAE (11.59): Mr Speaker, I just wanted to point out that, although Mr Moore has accurately reported the committee's requirements, I sincerely hope that the Minister will be able to respond to the concerns. There is a need out there for this sort of accommodation. There are many members of the committee who would sincerely like to know that this accommodation process could actually work in the way that Mr Moore did outline, with proper guidelines and proper policing of it, because it came from a real need within the community. I just want to put a plea to the Minister that, when the review of this report is done, he quite seriously quiz his bureaucrats; he ensure that we do come up with a process that can actually work; and he assure the Assembly and the committee that this type of very real need in the community can be met in a way that we are all comfortable will not ruin the amenity of other people, nor ruin the intent or the idea of this accommodation. It is temporary. It is a very much needed facility, but it is not there to try to undermine in any way the living facilities of other people within a street or within a suburb.
Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries) adjourned.
MR KAINE (12.01): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 23 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 8, 1996 - Australian International Hotel School". I move:
That the report be noted.
Members will recall that the Auditor-General's Report No. 8 of 1996, which was presented to the Assembly on 26 September, raised some very important issues about the operations and management of the hotel school. The Public Accounts Committee, as is the case with all such reports, was required to examine that report. I want to make it clear from the outset that the Auditor-General's report had a specific purpose. The committee's report states:
The audit objectives were to provide opinion on whether -
I will read out these matters -
the establishment of the AIHS was implemented in accordance with Government decisions