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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1672..


(4) Have any ACT Government departments or agencies been found to not be complying with their obligations in meeting requests; if so, what action has been taken to ensure that these departments or agencies do comply with their obligations.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Details of the number of Freedom of Information requests are reported in annual reports each year. Consolidated information is provided in the report of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

(2) As above. Figures for 2004-05 will be available in 2004-05 annual reports. Consolidated information is provided in the report of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

(3) Given annual figures are reported in agency annual reports, collection of more detailed month by month breakdowns is considered an unreasonable diversion of resources.

(4) The Freedom of Information Act 1989 provides for internal review and AAT review of decisions. Annual reports include details of internal review and AAT review requests, although these review requests or decisions do not necessarily reflect non-compliance with the Act. The Freedom of Information Act also provides for complaints to the Ombudsman about handling of requests by Government agencies. The Ombudsman reports on this in his annual report. The annual report of the Department of Justice and Community Safety also provides consolidated information on the number of days taken to process requests after receipt. The number of days taken does not necessarily reflect non-compliance with time limits. No other data is collected on compliance with the Act.

Ministerial councils

(Question No 341)

Mrs Dunne asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 5 April 2005:

(1) What ministerial councils do ACT Ministers belong to;

(2) What meetings of these councils have been held since the formation of the 6th Assembly and where were they held;

(3) What meetings were (a) attended and (b) not attended and why;

(4) Have any meetings been scheduled and then called off; if so, why;

(5) What meetings are scheduled in the next six months.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) 1. Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference

2. Housing Ministers' Conference

3. Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

(2) 1. Housing Minister's Conference, 3 December 2004, Adelaide.

2. Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference, 11 March 2005, Melbourne


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