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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3931..


Mr Speaker (continuing):

Parliament of Kiribati and ACT Legislative Assembly—CPA Branches—Report on twinning arrangements and visit by the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Clerk.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 14—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2006-2007—Speaker's response to Recommendation No 2, dated 28 August 2008.

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Intergovernmental Agreements—Ministerial level negotiations—Schedule as at August 2008.

Auditor-General's report No 3 of 2007—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Report No 3/2007—Collection of fees and fines—Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present to the Assembly the government response to the Auditor-General's report No 3 of 2007—collection of fees and fines. The report was referred to the public accounts committee in August 2007. Subsequently the public accounts committee informed the Assembly that it resolved not to inquire further into this report by the Auditor-General. While the government would normally respond to the public accounts committee report, in this case the attached response directly addresses the Auditor-General's recommendations. Members should note that the government's response was provided to the public accounts committee prior to its decision not to inquire further into the report.

The Auditor-General's findings indicate that the overall system is robust. Where concerns have been identified by the Auditor-General, they generally relate to the margin of activities. I also note that some of the concerns raised by the Auditor-General are issues of work in progress or being undertaken by agencies prior to audit. I commend the government's response to the Assembly.

Financial Management Act—instrument

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:


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