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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 755..


Mr Smyth: I accept your ruling, Mr Speaker, but the minister must use the correct terminology. If emails were inadvertently diverted, that is not tapping. The emails were not being tapped.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Smyth: If they have proof that the emails were tapped into and deliberately taken, then the Chief Minister should table it, because that information has been denied to the committee that investigated this matter.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Smyth. That is not a point of order. It may be a point of debate that you may wish to raise later in debate, or even by way of a personal explanation, but it is not a point of order.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have made my point. The government commends the committee on its report and is generally supportive of the committee's findings. Clearly the unauthorised diversion of the mail and its reading by members of the opposition, which ultimately led to this inquiry, is totally unacceptable, and it is regrettable that the opposition still does not accept that.

It is crucial that the electronic communication and data storage in the Assembly is secure and appropriately managed. It is noteworthy that the committee found that it was appropriate for the Assembly to continue using InTACT as its provider. The government notes the committee's views in relation to the establishment of the Assembly as a separate organisational unit and is generally supportive of that, subject to its being attainable within current resourcing.

The committee also calls for the development of a memorandum of understanding between the Assembly and the executive, implementation of a service level agreement with InTACT and the Assembly, and the introduction of improved security provisions to separate the Assembly IT network from that of the executive. The government notes the committee's views in these matters and is not opposed to any of the issues raised by the committee. I commend the government response to the Assembly.

Papers

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

National Environment Protection Council-Annual Report 2002-2003.

Mr Quinlan presented the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 58-Agents Board of the Australian Capital Territory-Statement of Intent (Revised Version)-01 July 2003 to 31 October 2003.


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