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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 723..


MR MULCAHY (continuing):

relation to the review of Auditor-General's performance audit report No 4 of 2006, Road safety, on 27 June 2006, Auditor-General's report No 4 of 2006 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the report on 25 October 2006. After consideration, the committee has resolved to inquire further into the report. The committee is expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT on the Auditor-General's report as soon as practicable.

In relation to the review of Auditor-General's performance audit report No 2 of 2006, Public housing, and Auditor-General's performance audit report No 3 of 2006, Management of trust monies and other non-public monies, on 7 June 2006, Auditor-General's report No 2 of 2006 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. On 27 June 2006, Auditor-General's report No 3 of 2006 was also referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. Consequently, the committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the aforementioned reports on 25 October 2006. The committee considered inquiring into the reports and resolved that they do not warrant further inquiry.

In relation to the review of Auditor-General's performance audit report No 6 of 2006, Vocational education and training, on 19 September 2006, Auditor-General's report No 6 of 2006 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the report on 14 February 2007. After consideration, the committee has resolved to inquire further into the report. The committee will inquire into and report on the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of the administration of VET in the territory, focusing on: (a) the effectiveness of current VET strategic measures for meeting current and future needs; (b) adequacy of current measures used to record and report on VET; (c) capacity of the VET administrative framework to initiate, support and sustain change; (d) adequacy of current measures used to monitor RTO performance; and (e) effectiveness of consultation arrangements with industry, students and the community. The committee's inquiry will be limited to the information contained within the audit report. The committee is expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT on the Auditor-General's report as soon as practicable.

Housing Assistance Bill 2006

Debate resumed from 14 December 2006, on motion by Mr Hargreaves:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (12.19): The Liberal opposition supports the introduction of the Housing Assistance Bill 2006 which, it is noted, replaces the Housing Assistance Act 1987 with what would be hoped is a more responsive legislative framework, allowing Housing ACT to improve the implementation and management of the provision of housing assistance in the ACT.

It should be noted from the outset that a clear definition of what constitutes "housing assistance", as appears in this bill, should send a very important signal for Canberrans about the way in which the government should have been, and now clearly will be, delivering very targeted forms of such assistance, as stated in the Commonwealth-


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