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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by deputy chair

MS PORTER (Ginninderra): In the absence of Mr Smyth as Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, I will make a couple of committee statements on his behalf as deputy chair.

Pursuant to standing order 246A the chair wishes to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

Continuing resolution 5A was agreed by the Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2012. The requirements of the resolution set out a transparency mechanism to promote accountability in the consideration of statutory appointments. The resolution requires relevant standing committees which consider statutory appointments to report on a six-monthly basis, and present a schedule listing appointments considered during the applicable period.

The schedule is required to include the statutory appointments considered and, for each appointment, the date the request from the responsible minister for consultation was received and the date the committee's feedback was provided. For the applicable reporting period—1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015—the committee considered six statutory appointments.

I therefore table a schedule of statutory appointments for the period 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 as considered by the Eighth Assembly's public accounts committee in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments— 8th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2015.

Statement by deputy chair

MS PORTER (Ginninderra): On behalf of the chair, 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.

As to the review of Auditor-General's report No. 2 of 2015 on the rehabilitation of male detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, on 17 April 2015 the report was referred to the committee for inquiry. This report presented the results of a performance audit that examined the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning, management and delivery of rehabilitative activities and services provided in the AMC for male detainees.

The report contained 10 recommendations. The government tabled its response to the audit report on 4 June 2015. In its response, the government agreed with all recommendations. The committee received a private briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit report on 15 October 2015.


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