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That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No 6, Executive business, relating to the Government Procurement (Notifiable Invoices) Amendment Bill 2015, being called on and debated cognately with order of the day No 1, Private Members' business, relating to the Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Amendment Bill 2014.

Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Amendment Bill 2014

[Cognate bill:

Government Procurement (Notifiable Invoices) Amendment Bill 2015]

Debate resumed from 24 September 2014, on motion by Mr Coe:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MADAM SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill, the Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Amendment Bill 2014, cognately with the Government Procurement (Notifiable Invoices) Amendment Bill 2015. That being the case, in debating order of the day No 1 private members' business, members may also address their remarks to order of the day No 6 executive business.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (10.56): The government supports the intent of the Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Amendment Bill, particularly as reflected in this new, improved version from the shadow minister. The Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Amendment Bill is, of course, now reflecting a little more—once we have made some further amendments it will exactly reflect—the Government Procurement (Notifiable Invoices) Amendment Bill, which I introduced into the Assembly in March.

The bill I introduced was designed specifically to address the significant flaws, I am sorry to say, in Mr Coe's bill. These flaws stem from a series of unnecessary and onerous provisions in Mr Coe's bill that have the effect of imposing administrative red tape and associated costs that could be avoided whilst still delivering the same outcome.

I note that Mr Coe proposes to move in the detail stage a whole series of amendments to his bill which effectively adopt the provisions in the government's bill. So I am pleased that Mr Coe has acknowledged all of the shortfalls, or most of them, in his original bill and has now taken some remedial action when prompted by the government. I do commend Mr Coe for his concerted effort at trying his hand at legislating. All this aside though, Madam Speaker, Mr Coe's revised bill, once he moves his amendments, will still have a number of shortcomings which I will remedy during the detail stage.


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