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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (15 September) . . Page.. 3924..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

I would hope that this report today serves as that foundation for this parliament and for this city. By having such a foundation, our chances of success, our chances of achieving real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, are that much greater because all parties are signed up to the task. So I thank the committee for its report.

The government will provide a detailed response in due course and in particular in relation to the specific target recommendations. I stress again that the government will need to consider those recommendations carefully and respond accordingly, and that is what we will do. But as a matter of in-principle support, if you like, I want to indicate the government's support for the work of the committee. I welcome this very detailed report and in the coming months look forward to a detailed engagement on its recommendations and the way forward.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves) adjourned to the next sitting.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo), by leave: Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts recently resolved to inquire into and report on a review of the Auditor-General Act 1996. The committee will inquire into and report on the following matters:

(1) whether any amendments to the Auditor-General Act 1996 (the Act) are required to take account of developments in both auditing standards and public administration in the ACT and other jurisdictions;

(2) whether there should be any changes to the coverage and scope of the ACT Auditor-General's audit mandate and, in particular, with the power to audit organisations that receive funds from the ACT Government;

(3) whether the annual budget for the ACT Auditor-General should be set by the Legislative Assembly and not by the Executive Government;

(4) any amendments that could be made which would strengthen the managerial autonomy and resourcing of the ACT Auditor-General;

(5) any amendments which would strengthen the role of the ACT Auditor-General as an independent officer of Parliament;

(6) what amendments, if any, are required to clarify the intention of sections 22-Proposed appropriations and 22A—Additional amounts for certain audits—of the Act;

(7) the recommendations of an independent performance audit of the Auditor-General to be conducted in accordance with Part 5 of the Act during 2009-10; and

(8) any other relevant matter.

The committee is expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT as soon as practicable.


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