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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 2124..


MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Ms Hunter. I have had some discussion with Minister Crean around this. I think they would be looking for an ACT nominee, so that would normally be that the ACT government would nominate someone. I am happy to take advice from other people if they would like to put forward suggestions around who could fit that role. I presume that the commonwealth would still have to find that nomination acceptable as well, for that nomination to go forward, but my understanding is—and I have not had a letter that I recall from Minister Crean at this point in time but I probably expect one—that that could happen within the next few weeks.

Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

2013 Canberra Centenary—Funding and tourism—Letter from Tony Windsor MP, Federal Member for New England, dated 24 April 2012, concerning the resolution of the Assembly of 28 March 2012.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 21—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (2.52): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 21—Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2)—Government response, dated May 2012.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I present the government response to the report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2) and thank the committee and its support staff for its efforts and assessment of the bill. The government respects and values the critical role played by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in scrutinising proposed expenditure. The government welcomes the committee's four recommendations and agrees to all recommendations relating to the Ashley Drive improvements project and supports the committee's final recommendation for the Legislative Assembly to pass the Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2).

The report of the standing committee and its recommendations do not raise any serious issues that would prevent the passing of the appropriation bill. On behalf of the government I express thanks to the committee for its consideration of the bill and, of course, remind the Assembly of the important and essential investments being made through this second appropriation. Mr Speaker, I commend the government response to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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