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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3629..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

Services has been working closely with community members to adapt and amend the Amaroo community precinct's design in response to issues concerning traffic management, noise and visual amenity.

The government will continue to work closely with the Gungahlin community. This is an integrated part of the forward planning for Gungahlin. Mr Speaker, the government will now proceed with the timely delivery of this important community asset.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Finance and Public Administration-Standing Committee

Statement by Chairman

MR QUINLAN: I ask for leave to make a statement, pursuant to standing order 246A, regarding the Auditor-General's Report No 5, 2001, The administration of payroll tax.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: The Auditor-General's Report No 5, entitled The administration of payroll tax, was presented to the Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2001. As members would be aware, Auditor-General's reports are referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, incorporating the public accounts committee, under its resolution of appointment.

The committee, understandably, has not had the opportunity to examine the detailed report, although it has had a meeting since the presentation of the report. Nonetheless, the committee has briefly discussed the Auditor's findings in relation to the administration of payroll tax, and agrees that they are disturbing and worth drawing to the attention of the Assembly.

The committee recommends that the Auditor-General's report be further considered by its successor in the next Assembly, and that a submission be made from government outlining what actions it has taken since the presentation of the report to the Assembly. The committee hopes, given this recommendation, that the relevant public service officers will actively pursue this matter in the interim.

TransACT

Ministerial statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (3.42): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement to the Assembly regarding TransACT Communications Pty Ltd.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I thought it might be. Mr Speaker, at the request of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, I and various officials appeared before that committee on 27 July 2001 and responded to the committee's question in relation to TransACT Communications Pty Ltd. The committee has asked me to deliver a statement advising the Assembly of the current position of TransACT, shareholders'


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