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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5257..


industry for the community that keeps crime out of the sector and that protects the health of the community as well as the health of those who work within it. For all these reasons, I think it is important that we keep our legislation up to date and contemporary. After 20 years of generally successful operation, it is time to review the act's operation, and I wish the Assembly committee well in its inquiry.

I note that the only other substantive change is in relation to the report date. I do have some reservations about providing over a year for this inquiry. That seems quite generous, particularly when you look at some of the time frames that are imposed on the government in this place from time to time. I will just make that observation in passing. But, that said, if that is the view of the committee as to its time frame, I trust that they will deliver a good product in that time frame. I am sure they will. I thank them for their support of the motion, and I look forward to seeing the inquiry get underway. The government will make a submission to the inquiry and be quite happy to give evidence in due course.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Under standing order 47 I would like leave to explain an item that has arisen in the debate.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: The attorney reminds me that there was one matter that I did intend to raise, which was the changed time, and I omitted to do that in my remarks. This was a matter that was discussed. The justice and community safety committee has two fairly extensive inquiries on foot. We do not expect that it will take us to the end of next year to complete this one, but it will take us into the second half of next year. Our desire is to get this done as quickly as possible, but we did not want to be in a situation where we had a date that we could not actually meet and had to come back to the Assembly. It has given us some flexibility. Although we will be calling for submissions, we will not really be able to look at this in a great deal of detail probably until March next year, and that is why there is that change. I should have explained that in my earlier remarks, Mr Assistant Speaker, so thank you for your leave.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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 13 April 2010, Auditor-General's report No 1 of 2010 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for review. The report presented the results of a performance audit that reviewed performance reporting by selected agencies, mainly for the period 2008-09.


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