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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 2 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 710..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

manager and the Chief Executive of Chief Minister's Department, or delegate, are permanently appointed to the advisory committee.

The bill proposes amendments to reduce the appointed membership of the advisory committee from a total of six to a total of three members, consisting of one member with experience, knowledge and expertise in relation to employers' interests, one member with experience or expertise in relation to workers' interests and one member with experience or expertise in relation to insurers' interests. This will leave a total of five members on the advisory committee: three appointed members, the fund manager and the Chief Executive of Chief Minister's Department or delegate.

The reduction of each category of appointed member from two to one will satisfy the government's need to preserve equity in the representation of the experience, knowledge and expertise of stakeholder interests.

Moreover, the reduction in the size of the advisory committee will allow it to function more efficiently and effectively in a manner consistent with the roles and functions prescribed under the act.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 4

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10:38): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 4—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2008-2009, dated 24 February 2010, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety has concluded deliberations on the annual and financial reports for portfolios that come within its purview for the financial year 2008-09. The report that I present today contains 28 recommendations that cover a whole range of areas.

There are a number of recommendations about the improvement of reporting, not just in this portfolio but across portfolios. And there are a number of recommendations about improvements to the Chief Minister's annual report directions.

There are a number of issues here in relation to scrutiny. First, a considerable, problematic issue for the committee was the tardiness in relation to the answering of questions taken on notice by portfolio ministers. As it says on page 3:


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