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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (5 April) . . Page.. 1324..


MR MULCAHY (continuing):

government and the opposition in earlier times has addressed and, at times, struggled with. I think there is a universal view that there may be better ways to proceed from here.

This is a contribution to those discussions and hopefully an element of this will continue in further discussion in the Assembly to improve the method of reporting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo): Pursuant to Standing Order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the committee.

Leave granted.

MR MULCAHY: The reports that are under examination by the committee include the Review of Auditor-General's report No 8 of 2004: waiting lists for elective surgery and medical treatment, Review of Auditor-General's report No 9 of 2004: administration and monitoring of youth service contracts, and a Review of Auditor-General's report No 10 of 2004: 2003-04 financial audits.

On 7 December 2004, Auditor-General's reports Nos 8, 9 and 10 of 2004, were referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. Consequently, the committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the Auditor-General's report No 8 of 2004: waiting lists for elective surgery and medical treatment and Auditor-General's report No 10 of 2004: 2003-04 financial audits.

The committee considered inquiring into Auditor-General's report No 9 of 2004: administration and monitoring of youth service contracts and resolved that the report does not warrant further inquiry.

In relation to Auditor-General's report No 8 of 2004, the committee has invited submissions from the government and specific community and professional organisations and will hold public hearings in mid-May. The committee is expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly on both Auditor-General reports, as soon as practical.

Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2005

Ms Gallagher , by leave, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations) (12.27): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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