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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 38..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

allegations made by [the complainant] in January 2004 under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994 have been substantiated."

Mr Speaker, all officers involved acted with professionalism throughout the investigation. This was in a climate where added uncertainty was created by public comments in the media and by the conduct of the opposition in the Assembly.



MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (11.33): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion to establish the general purpose standing committees of the Sixth Assembly.

Leave granted.

MS MacDONALD: I move:


(1) The following general purpose standing committees be established and each committee to inquire into and report on matters referred to it by the Assembly or matters that are considered by the committee to be of concern to the community:

(a) a Standing Committee on Public Accounts to:

(i) examine:

(A) the accounts of the receipts and expenditure of the Australian Capital Territory and its authorities; and

(B) all reports of the Auditor-General which have been presented to the Assembly;

(ii) report to the Assembly any items or matters in those accounts, statements and reports, or any circumstances connected with them, to which the Committee is of the opinion that the attention of the Assembly should be directed;

(iii) inquire into any question in connection with the public accounts which is referred to it by the Assembly and to report to the Assembly on that question; and

(iv) examine matters relating to economic and business development, small business, tourism, market and regulatory reform, public sector management, taxation and revenue and sustainability;

(b) a Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People to examine matters related to early childhood education and care, primary, secondary, post secondary and tertiary education and vocational training, non-government education, youth and family services, technology, arts and culture, sport and recreation;

(c) a Standing Committee on Health and Disability to examine matters related to hospitals, community, public and mental health, health promotion and disease prevention, disability matters, drug and substance misuse, targeted health programs and community services,

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