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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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Committee reports—government responses

Papers and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Housing and Minister for Tourism and Events): On behalf of the Chief Minister and for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013—Government response.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013—Government response.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013—Government response.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 4—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013—Government response.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 4—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013—Government response.

I ask leave to make a brief statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I am very pleased to present the government's responses to all five standing committee reports on the 2012-2013 annual and financial reports of ACT government agencies. As standing committee reports generally cover more than one portfolio and in some cases the issues raised in the reports have cross-directorate implications, I am tabling on behalf of the Chief Minister the responses to all five standing committee reports together on behalf of all ministers in the government.

Annual and financial reports are prepared by agencies in accordance with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004, the Financial Management Act 1996 and the annual report directions. In this regard, the government seeks to ensure that annual and financial reports are continually updated to reflect best practice and full accountability.

The standing committees have made a combined total of 75 recommendations. The government has agreed in full, in principle or in part to 46 of these, has noted 25 and not agreed with four recommendations. I commend the government's responses to the Assembly.

Papers

Mr Barr, on behalf of the Minister for Health, presented the following papers:

Public Health Act, pursuant to subsection 10(3)—ACT Chief Health Officer's Report 2014, dated 28 May 2014.


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