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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (5 April) . . Page.. 1323..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny Report 6 contains the committee's comments on 11 bills, 15 pieces of subordinate legislation and nine government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 1

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (12.23): I present the following report:

Report 1 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts entitled The 8th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Council of Public Accounts

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

Leave granted.

MR MULCAHY: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR MULCAHY: I move:

That the report be noted.

MR MULCAHY: Mr Speaker, I will be brief in my remarks on this matter. I have pleasure in presenting the report of the public accounts committee on the 8th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees.

This conference was held at Parliament House in Brisbane from 6 to 8 February 2005. It was attended by 109 delegates and observers including representatives from Fiji, Namibia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as all Australian states and territories and the Commonwealth. The three members of the public accounts committee and our committee secretary attended the conference on behalf of the ACT Legislative Assembly. There was a cost to the taxpayer, or a budgetary provision, of about $8,000. It is for that reason, Mr Speaker, and I am conscious of your close scrutiny of travel expenditures in the territory, that I thought it beneficial to prepare a report on our conference. I am pleased to provide this report, albeit an unusual measure.

Fourteen papers were presented, and reference and details of those are contained in the report. I would draw your attention particularly to the paper presented on behalf of the ACT on outputs-based management and budgeting, and the potential to achieve greater value for taxpayer funds. This is a serious contribution to that discussion. I know the matter of outputs-based budgeting and management is something that have both the


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