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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 4015..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

Administration should include in the annual state of the public service report a summary of the extent and cost of fraud and corruption within the public service.

With those two recommendations for the government to consider, I commend the report to the Assembly. I thank members for their participation in the discussion of the issue, which is an important one. I close by thanking the secretary of the committee for the way in which she has supported the committee and the way in which the report has been presented.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 56

MR STEFANIAK (11.51): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report 56, dated 24 August 2004, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings

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

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, scrutiny report 56 contains the committee's comments on two bills, 13 pieces of subordinate legislation and two government responses. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Given that I do not think the government is actually introducing any more legislation-I would certainly hope not-for the term of this Assembly, I would just like to take the opportunity to thank, firstly, the government for their sometimes prompt responses to the various things we raised and various issues we raised. And it is good to see in the responses coming back that they actually take note of areas raised by the scrutiny committee.

There are still a number of concerns, which I am not going to go over-I do not want to speak for very long-and a number of problems that keep recurring which the committee points out to the government. We are probably still not overly happy with the lack of response to that. Certainly I would commend to whomever is the government next time to take up those matters. Generally we had a pretty reasonable response, I think, most of


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