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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4314..


Ms MacDONALD (continuing):

said that we should, therefore, do a major overview. I have a bit of an issue with the suggestion that we have to do a major overview when there have been no major faults with the model.

Mr Smyth has referred to the territory's compliance with the Financial Management Act 1996 as being a perennial issue. It is a perennial issue but to recommend that, "The Government undertake a comprehensive review of key performance measures through consultation with the Legislative Assembly and the ACT Community" does not suggest anything positive about what we should do. This issue keeps coming up but there is no suggestion of how to deal with it. I do not know that we needed to put that recommendation in-and I raised it as an issue in the committee. I would not say I was shouted down, but I agreed that I was not going to win on that issue.

I wanted to raise those issues and, as this is the last report of the public accounts committee to be tabled, I wanted to put on the record my thanks to Stephanie Mikac, the current secretary. I said this on Tuesday night in my thanks to all the committee secretaries. I have learnt a lot from Stephanie, and from this committee and from all my committees. I would not necessarily describe myself as being somebody who is really into looking at the numbers and hearing them sing, but I have become a bit more in tune with that whilst on the public accounts committee. It has been an interesting process. I would like to thank Stephanie and also my colleagues, Brendan Smyth, the chair of the committee, and Kerrie Tucker, the other committee member, for their efforts.

We have worked reasonably well together-it has been a good committee. Although there have been a few reports that I have wanted to tear my hair out over, we have managed to get through them, and I congratulate the committee for its work. As I came on to this committee later, I would also like to acknowledge the work Ms Gallagher put in while she was on the committee,

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee

Report 5

MR SPEAKER: I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee-Report 5-Status of volunteers in members' offices, dated 24 August 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MS DUNDAS (12.18): I seek leave to move a motion authorising this report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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