Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2419..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
facto a separate government entity, and the passage of the Emergency Act only confirmed and put into formal effect that de facto status.
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question?
MR PRATT: Minister, why do you continue to blame someone else for the decision that you and your cabinet colleagues made in May 2003? Why the blame game, Minister?
MR CORBELL: You only have to read the Auditor-General's report. The Auditor-General's report is very clear. The Auditor-General makes it clear that the management of that project in its entirety was neither efficient nor effective, that it had no regard to value for money, that it failed to properly address the needs of end users, that it failed to properly scope the range of products that were available and that it failed to consult the end users.
The ESA, after a trial that was meant to last four months, decided after only eight days to declare that trial a success. What is quite clear is that the ESA failed to properly advise government of the circumstances in which that project was progressing. Anyone without the partisan political interests of those opposite in reading the Auditor's report would come to the very rapid conclusion that it was a fundamental failure of management, of senior management, within the ESA that led to the inability to properly implement the FireLink project.
Those are the facts. The opposition cannot escape the findings of the Auditor-General. I wait with interest to see how long it will take before the opposition resort to the argument being made by others that the Auditor-General's report itself was biased and incomplete. I can imagine that once this line of questioning is finished, that will be their next argument.
No waste target
DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and it concerns the no waste action plan. Yesterday, the minister advised the Assembly that a review of the no waste strategy action plan 2003-07 was being conducted to examine no waste achievements and progress and that that has commenced. Could the minister please advise the Assembly of the terms of reference for that review, the standards against which our achievements and progress will be assessed and the consultation mechanisms that his department will use?
MR HARGREAVES: I thank Dr Foskey for the question. No, I cannot provide that because I do not carry that sort of information at that particular level of detail around in my head. I am quite happy to take that question on notice and provide the information. Probably the easiest thing I can do to make sure that the information gets through to Dr Foskey before we sit next—I do not quite know the process but I am very happy to do this—is to provide the answer in writing to perhaps chamber support for provision to all members, if that is acceptable to the chamber.
MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Foskey?