Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2090..
Estimates 2010-2011-Select Committee
MS HUNTER (Ginninderra-Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (10.03): Pursuant to order, I present the following report:
Estimates 2010-2011-Select Committee-Report-Appropriation Bill 2010-2011 (2 volumes), dated 22 June 2010, including a dissenting report (Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth), together with a copy of the minutes of proceedings and answers to questions on notice and questions taken on notice.
That the report be noted.
The estimates committee process has become a central feature of the annual parliamentary process. Every year as the budget grows, there is more to review and analyse but only the same amount of time to do it in. It follows, therefore, that we need to improve the efficiency of the inquiry process and ensure that time is well spent on the most significant issues. The reporting cannot grow in volume as the budget does, and we need to be mindful of this. The more important point is, of course, to identify the contentious issues and provide an analysis of them.
This year, the committee attempted to improve the efficiency of the process. We created surveys for community groups, to hopefully encourage concise statements of issues for the committee to work with. We set a schedule to ensure that each output class was given time for questioning, to ensure that no part of the budget went unquestioned. We adopted a new style of report, one which is consistent with almost all other jurisdictions, to ensure that all the important issues raised in the hearings were recorded and review facilitated.
The result is a comprehensive report that provides a quick reference guide to the many issues raised, with full reference to the transcript of evidence and reference to relevant questions taken on notice included for further reading. In addition to this, particularly significant issues that the committee has a view on for improvement and that the committee thought warranted further discussion have had a more detailed analysis and the reasons for the committee's views are clear.