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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 3730..


Mr Humphries: So what is the rule? We are changing the rule again now, are we?

MR STANHOPE: I am just making the point. I made the point, quite directly, that there was a suggestion that, at the time this matter was first raised, officers in the department of justice had not complied with the law in their administration of rental bonds. That certainly is not the case.

In relation to the detail Ms Dundas seeks, I am more than happy to find it and provide it.

MS DUNDAS: I am confused by the minister's comments-in terms of the full thrust of what I am trying to get at. The JACS annual report says that, following a comprehensive audit, only now is the amount reconciled daily, and that a number of reports are produced to ensure data and account integrity.

MR SPEAKER: Can you get to the question?

MS DUNDAS: I am getting to the point, Mr Speaker. Minister, in the interests of open government, could you table the required information to prove your claim that ACT tenants' money is not being misappropriated?

Mr Stanhope: Misappropriated? Do you mean stolen?

MS DUNDAS: That is not what I said, Chief Minister-misappropriated. Is it being used in a way that it should be used?

MR STANHOPE: You said misappropriated. I am more than happy to table any documentation, if it goes to show that staff of the department of justice are not stealing rental bond money or misappropriating it in any other way.

Independent commission against corruption

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Stanhope in his capacity as Attorney-General. Minister, as you are aware, several jurisdictions have independent corruption commissions. Indeed, in New South Wales, the work of the Independent Commission Against Corruption is well known.

Public confidence in politicians is at an all-time low, in the wake of the email scandal. Can you please indicate if the government has any intention of establishing an ACT independent commission against corruption?

MR STANHOPE: Is Mr Kaine a fellow traveller of yours, Mrs Cross? I see that you have two things in common with Mr Kaine.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope! The question called on you to announce a policy in relation to the establishment of an ACT independent commission against corruption.

MR STANHOPE: I am more than happy to declare the government's position on this. I am interested in these two interests that Mrs Cross and Mr Kaine share-firstly, that they were both unceremoniously booted out of the Liberal Party for no apparent reason


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