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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2645..


Supplementary answers to questions without notice

WorkCover

MS GALLAGHER: Yesterday in question time Mr Smyth asked me if WorkCover had guidelines regarding the acceptance of gifts or hospitality, and I took the question on notice. I can report back that ACT WorkCover does have a code of conduct which makes specific reference to gifts or benefits related to the performance of official duties. Of course all WorkCover employees are public servants and, as such, are required to abide by the Public Sector Management Act. I am happy to table that, if you like, Mr Smyth.

In relation to the supplementary question-whether I was aware if WorkCover staff had compromised the operation of the supplementation fund through gifts or hospitality-my answer yesterday remains. I am unaware of any situation where that has occurred but I am certainly making inquiries.

Child protection

MS GALLAGHER: Earlier, in answer to a question from Mr Cornwell, I said I would check on the figure of 40 in relation to the children whose cases are required to be audited. I am advised that as of 21 June there are 15 children's files remaining to be audited. I imagine that is small compared to the overall number they have looked at, so I think mid-July is a probably a fair time for that audit report to be received.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Report No 2 of 2004 entitled Travel Arrangements and Expenses; and

Report No 3 of 2004 entitled Revenue estimates in budget papers 2002-03.

Motion (by Mr Wood ), by leave, agreed to:

That this Assembly authorises for publication Auditor-General's reports Nos 2 and 3 of 2004.

Paper

Mr Wood , on behalf of Mr Stanhope , presented the following paper:

Facing up to Racism: a strategic plan addressing racism and unfair discrimination 2004-2008.

Protection Orders Act 2001

Paper and statement by minister

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage): On behalf of Mr Stanhope I present a report on the review of the Protection Orders Act 2001. I ask leave to make a statement.


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