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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (12 May) . .

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I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Following the introduction of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Amendment Bill in November last year, the bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The committee's report was tabled in the Assembly last week, on 5 May, and the government has responded to the standing committee's recommendations by adjusting the time frame by which annual reports must be produced from four months to 15 weeks; retaining contract information in annual reports in the form of a printout from the contracts register for the relevant time period; providing technical clarification within the bill regarding arrangements for the tabling of annual reports in an election year; and reversing previously omitted requirements relating to legislation.

In regard to the recommendations the government has not accepted, we are of the view that the benefits derived from the original provisions in the bill outweigh the concerns as identified by the committee. The government response outlines the reasons for those positions in further detail.

I commend the government response to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79—Copies of executive contracts or instruments—

Long-term contracts:

Christopher Wilson, dated 28 April 2015.

Susan Hall, dated 28 April 2015.

Short-term contracts:

David Snowden, dated 30 April 2015.

Emily Springett, dated 23 and 28 April 2015.

Gary Rake, dated 23 and 24 April 2015.

Ian McGlinn, dated 28 and 30 April 2015.

Louise Gilding, dated 21 and 22 April 2015.

Mark Kalleske, dated 28 April 2015.

Nicole Stenlake, dated 22 and 28 April 2015.

Contract variations:

James Roncon, dated 28 and 30 April 2015.

Mark Collis, dated 28 April 2015.

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