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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3729..


MR COE (continuing):

down to service delivery. I refer to issues such as visibility by managers, financial transparency and political influence. It goes on and on and on. This report is a damning indictment of the government. As has been said before today, there are genuine concerns that this report may well be indicative of how other government departments are running, not just the Department of Territory and Municipal Services.

Mr Smyth said earlier that about $10 million in savings had been identified in this report. Ernst & Young said that at worst there was $5 million in savings and at best $10.1 million of savings that could be made should their recommendations be fully implemented. This report is something that I think the government must take very seriously, and it is a great shame that it has taken almost nine months for us to actually see a copy of this report.

The reason for that has changed. For a while the government were saying it was a cabinet document; for a while it was a TAMS document; finally they conceded that it is in fact a TAMS document and that therefore it can be tabled. However, it is worth noting that appendix A of the appendices was not included. The reason for that, I am told, was that it was commercial in confidence. I have great difficulty in believing that, given that this report was written for the department with the knowledge that it would be disseminated quite widely at least within the department if not further afield. I do wonder whether appendix A is in fact commercial in confidence. I would welcome the Chief Minister actually clarifying at some point in the near future whether that is the case.

I urge the government and I urge Mr Stanhope to table the report before December and to outline which of the recommendations have been implemented, which of the 11 of 22 recommendations that were scheduled to be completed before the end of six months have been done, and which of the remaining 11 which were scheduled to be done within nine months or a year are still to be completed. I urge the government to take this report extremely seriously, to take the recommendations on board and to table their report as quickly as possible. I urge those present to support the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Water and Sewerage (Energy Efficient Hot-Water Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 19 August 2009.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.34): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 3774]. Amendment No 1 will move the commencement date of this legislation. It will move it from October to January.


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