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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3144..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

Mr Cornwell also asked for the percentage of students who started year 12 but did not complete the year. The percentage of year 12 students who appeared in the February 2003 census but did not appear in the August census was 11.5. Again, these figures include students who completed their year 12 certificate prior to the August 2003 census; those who found employment or undertook an apprenticeship or traineeship; and those who moved interstate, overseas or to a non-government school between February and August 2003.

Standing committees

Reports-government responses

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following government responses to reports:

Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee-Report 4-2002-2003 annual and financial reports: Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services; Discrimination Commissioner; Community Advocate-Government response.

Education-Standing Committee-Report 2-Inquiry into 2001-2002 Annual and Financial Reports-2002 Annual Report: Canberra Institute of Technology-Government response.

Health-Standing Committee-Report 7-2002-2003 annual and financial reports: ACT Health-Community and Health Services Complaints Commissioner-Healthpact-Government response.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee-Report 9-Annual and financial reports of the Department of Justice and Community Safety and related agencies- Government response.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report 26-Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2002-2003 for the Department of Urban Services and the Related Agencies-Government response.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee-Report 7-2002-2003 Annual and Financial Records of the Chief Minister's Department, Department of Treasury, other related agencies and the ACT Legislative Assembly Secretariat-Government response -

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased to present the government's responses to six standing committee reports on the annual and financial reports for 2002-03. As I did last year, I am tabling the responses to all the standing committee reports covering all portfolios. This is because the standing committee reports generally cover more than one minister and more than one portfolio and, in certain cases, issues raised in the reports apply to all departments and agencies.

As members will be aware, annual and financial reports are prepared by agencies in accordance with the Chief Minister's annual report directions and in accordance with the Financial Management Act 1996. The government seeks to ensure that the directions and the act are continually updated to reflect best practice and full accountability in


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