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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 3644..


Paper and Statement by Minister

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Minister Assisting the Attorney - General): I present the following paper:

ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Board - First Annual Report and financial statements, including the Auditor - General's Report, for 1999 - 2000.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Board was formed on 1 November last year and its first annual report, for the period 22 November 1999 to 30 June 2000, is now available for tabling. A number of factors contributed to the delay in the tabling of this report. This is the first year of operation of the board and the training levy has been in operation for only six months.

Despite the good offices of Building, Electrical and Plumbing Control and Planning and Land Management in the Department of Urban Services, the matter of reconciling levy collection to the satisfaction of the Auditor - General has taken more time than expected. On 30 November 2000 the ACT Auditor - General provided an unqualified audit opinion on the board's first year of operation. I table the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Board's annual report for 1999 - 2000.


Ministerial Statement and Paper

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney - General and Treasurer) (3.39): I seek leave to make a short ministerial statement.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: As Mr Moore has already indicated today, the government has agreed to appoint a board of inquiry, pursuant to section 5 of the Inquiries Act, to inquire into services for people with a disability in the ACT in residential care. Mr Speaker, the government has decided to appoint the Hon John Gallop, formerly a judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, as the board of inquiry. I table the appointment of the Hon John Gallop as the board of inquiry under the Inquiries Act 1991.

Members will note that there is an indication in the terms of reference - terms of reference which, I might say, closely reflect the earlier resolutions of the Assembly - to deal with the question of possible conflict with the coronial inquiry already initiated in the Coroners Court of the ACT. The government has acceded to the wishes of the Assembly that there be an inquiry under the Inquiries Act. The government has done so in circumstances that it regrets and wishes were otherwise. However, the government is

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