Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 6..
Quarterly travel report—non-executive members
Paper and statement by Speaker
MR SPEAKER: I present the following paper:
Quarterly travel report—non-executive members to December 2006.
Members will be aware that, since early in the Sixth Assembly, reports detailing the travel of non-executive members have been tabled by me on a quarterly basis. However, based on feedback from those responsible for compiling these reports, I agreed recently to some revisions to the way that the information is compiled and reported. This is the first of the new reports. The most significant difference is that, for ease of compilation and ease of future reference, the new reports will now show on a progressive basis all travel undertaken during the Sixth Assembly, not just the travel undertaken in the relevant quarter.
One particular issue that this will assist in reporting is where members� travel costs are still being finalised some time after they return to Canberra and after a travel report is due to be tabled. It is not uncommon for invoices for services such as taxis and, in some case, air fares to lag for one to two months after the travel is complete. Under the former reporting arrangements, subsequent reports had to be extensively footnoted to clarify changes for travel that was actually outside the particular reporting period. Under the new arrangements, such updates in costs will be more easily shown. Of course, for those seeking details of travel undertaken, the new arrangements will mean that an individual need only obtain the most recent report to have the complete information. I intend to continue to table these reports on a quarterly basis.
Mr Corbell presented the following papers:
Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 30E—half-yearly departmental performance reports—December 2006, for the following departments or agencies:
ACT Planning and Land Authority (including Strategic Indicator Report).
Attorney-General�s portfolio within Department of Justice and Community Safety.
Chief Minister�s, dated January 2007.
Disability, Housing and Community Services, dated January 2007.
Education and Training, dated January 2007.
Territory and Municipal Services.
Tourism, Sport and Recreation.
Treasury, dated January 2007.