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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4310..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

one mind on these issues. I think that just reinforces the importance of this report. In case I did not say it before, I would like to say that my thanks go very much to all the people who put in submissions and appeared before the committee and those who were so generous with their time at the site visits.

I refer to the people at Gold Creek, the staff of the department who showed the committee around the teaching and learning centre, Dennis Sleigh and the teaching staff at Saints Peter and Paul primary school, and the departmental officials who showed us around the teacher recruitment centre at Higgins. It was very good to be able to meet with the teachers who were involved in the interview process and see how it operates in practice. My thanks go to all those people who appeared before this committee and put so much of their time into this report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Report 14

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (12.00): I present the following paper:

Public Accounts-Standing Committee-Report 14-Review of Auditor-General's Report No 10 of 2003: Financial Audits with years ending to 30 June 2003, dated 24 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.

The Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 10 of 2003 deals with the financial audits for the financial year 2002-03. As always with the Auditor-General, it is an interesting report which covers a lot of ground. The territory's consolidated financial statements in this year received a qualification, as they have done for some years. I know this has been a matter of ongoing interest for the Treasurer and I am sure it will be a matter of ongoing interest for the incoming Treasurer, whoever that may be.

The Auditor's report is quite detailed. It talks of the qualification; it looks at performance against budgets of various government entities; it looks at the under-expenditure against budgets, particularly capital works; and it talks of the compliance with the Financial Management Act. In its review of the report the committee has come up with seven


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