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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1432..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

The ACT consultancy being undertaken by Dr Martin is expected to provide useful material to inform the work of the department and will hopefully provide additional material to add to the previous submission to the House of Representatives inquiry into the education of boys.

Annual reports

Papers

Debate resumed.

MR SPEAKER: There is a question still before the Assembly that has yet to be resolved, and that is that the Assembly takes note of the papers presented by the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister has already spoken so he will need to seek leave to speak again.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to speak again.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I apologise-I temporarily mislaid my closing statement. Mr Speaker, this instrument is issued in accordance with section 15 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995. The act provides the framework for 2001-2002 annual reports. The instrument includes the annual reports directions for this reporting year. Under the annual reports act, this instrument must be tabled, although it is not disallowable. While there are some mandatory requirements, the directions should be seen as setting the baseline for reporting. Because the directions cover a wide range of reporting bodies, they must be sufficiently flexible to permit accurate and appropriate reporting across a range of operational requirements.

Under the act, all reports must be presented to ministers within 10 weeks of the end of the reporting year. This means all financial year reports must be presented to ministers by 8 September 2002. Ministers then have six sitting days in which to table reports. In order to have reports tabled as early as possible, all reports will be tabled during the 24-26 September 2002 sitting week.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Papers

Mr Wood presented the following papers:

University of Canberra Act, pursuant to section 36-University of Canberra-Report and financial statements, including Auditor-General's Report for 2001, dated April 2002.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 8 (5) (a-Canberra Institute of Technology-Report and financial statements, including the Auditor-General's Report or 2001, dated 11 March 2002.


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