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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . . Page.. 20..


MS PORTER (continuing):

Cities of the future have to be more sustainable. They need to have a smaller carbon footprint. They need fewer cars, more cyclists and more pedestrians. People will need to live closer together, with more and better open spaces.

As part of the inquiry process the committee has decided to release a discussion paper to provide information to the public on current residential redevelopment policies that apply in inner north Canberra, including an overview of how and why they were implemented. This discussion paper also provides some discussion of the key issues of interest surrounding high density development along public transport corridors. The committee considers that such an approach will enhance and support the public submissions and hearing phase of the inquiry and has invited further submissions from interested parties and has extended the closing date for the receipt of these submissions to 26 February 2010. I would like to thank particularly the committee secretary, Nicola Derigo, for her assistance in preparing this paper.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. On 18 June 2009 Auditor-General's report No 4 of 2009 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for review. The report presented the results of a performance audit that reviewed the operations of the ACT Ambulance Service. The audit focused on the ACT Ambulance Service's ability to deliver ambulance services to the Canberra community and its operational performance.

The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the report on 8 September 2009 and a submission from the government on 8 December 2009. The committee has resolved to inquire further into the report and is expecting to report to the Assembly as soon as practicable.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Conflict of interest issues

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (11.04), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the provisions of section 15 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 relating to conflict of interest and those of standing order 156 which provide that the Assembly may decide how those provisions may be applied;

(2) notes that all members have employment contracts with staff; and

(3) decides that, notwithstanding these employment contracts, it is in the public interest to allow all members to participate in any future discussion of a matter, or vote on a question in relation to Auditor-General's Report No 5 of 2009, entitled Administration of employment issues for staff of members of the Legislative Assembly, either in the Assembly or the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.


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