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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3626..


Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure.

In response to recommendation 1 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in its report No 13 entitled Inquiry into ACT government procurement, which asked the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure to examine the Assembly's procedures in relation to witnesses before committees, the committee agreed that the following measures be adopted by committees: firstly, that all witnesses appearing before Assembly committees should be provided with the standard witness advice document well in advance of their appearance date; and, secondly, that the witness advice document should be revised to reflect the gravity of behaviour that contravenes the conditions under which witnesses appear before committees. The advice should also alert witnesses to the fact that sanctions may apply should these conditions be contravened.

These changes have been implemented, and I present the following paper:

Assembly committees—Privilege statement—Amended 9 August 2011.

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 relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the committee.

On 26 August 2010 Auditor-General's report No 5 of 2010 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The audit report presented the results of a performance audit that reviewed the delivery of ACTION bus services to the residents of the ACT by the former Department of Territory and Municipal Services. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit report on 12 October 2010, and a submission from the government dated 20 December 2010.

The committee has resolved to make no further inquiries into the audit report. However, the committee is of the view that there is merit in an inquiry being held that examines transport options, including integrated transport. Such an inquiry should be forward looking, wider in scope than the delivery of bus services and have a broader overarching focus on the delivery of transport options. The inquiry should also examine tiers in a transport hierarchy, for example, bus and light rail, along with proper integration.

The committee is mindful that the proposed inquiry coverage is relevant to the portfolio coverage of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services, a subject that has already been considered by that


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