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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 4010..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

I think that we have come out with a good report that puts the evidence before this place and the people of the ACT.

MS MacDONALD (11.33) I will be incredibly brief. I do not want to add any more to what Mr Smyth and Ms Tucker have already said on GATS. I just want to thank the committee secretary for all her work on this issue. It was a difficult one for all members of the committee to get their minds across. I know that Ms Stephanie Mikac made it a lot easier for us to do it and worked incredibly hard on this report. She was also working on many other reports at the time. I would just like to put on the record my appreciation of Stephanie Mikac's work on the GATS report.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (11.33): I have just thumbed through the report. Mr Smyth introduced somewhere along the line a recommendation that the government should inform the people of the ACT. I do not see that that is part of the report or the recommendations, Mr Smyth.

The recommendations are, effectively, that we should communicate with the Commonwealth. Provided the members are happy to have their names on the report, I am very happy to forward a copy of this report to the Minister for Trade and the shadow minister for trade.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Report 12

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (11.34): I present the following report:

Public Accounts-Standing Committee-Report 13-Review of Auditor-General's Report No 1 of 2003: Effectiveness of annual reporting, dated 20 August 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I move.

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR SMYTH: I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, this report is about the Auditor-General's report on the effectiveness of annual reporting. I suspect that decades from now standing committees of this place will


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