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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4523..


Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The ACT does not maintain a register of Charities. Only charities who collect on public streets and thoroughfares or who go door to door at places of residence require a collections licence under the Collections Act. All other forms of fundraising are not regulated in the ACT.

(2) The ACT does not maintain a register of Charities.

(3) As for (2)

(4) Neither this Government, nor previous governments, have collected this information.

Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation

(Question No 330)

Mr Humphries asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 12 November 2002:

Given that the objective of the Public Access to Government Contracts Act 2000 is to make public, as far as possible, the terms of Government contracts:

1. Why does the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation include a confidentiality clause as a standard provision in all contracts over $50,000.

2. Does this Corporation give any consideration to the need to include such a clause in every contract over $50,000.

3. Have any contracts over $50,000 been made by the Corporation since 21 December 2000 that have not contained a confidentiality clause.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. Why does the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation include a confidentiality clause as a standard provision in all contracts over $50,000?

Prior to March 2002, Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation (CTEC) had acted on the advice of their legal advisors and incorporated a standard confidentiality clause in all contracts. However, this clause did not comply with the provisions of the Public Access to Government Contracts Act 2002 (PAGCA Act). Despite the inclusion of the clause, all new contracts were made publicly available on the BASIS web site since the introduction of the PAGCA Act in December 2000.

In March 2002, the Auditor General's Office undertook a Performance Audit that highlighted a number of agencies, including CTEC had contracts with a confidentiality clause that did not comply with the legislation. Acting on this advice, CTEC engaged the Government Solicitors Office (GSO) to review all contract documentation to ensure compliance with the Act.


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