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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (16 February) . .

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On 15 October we had a briefing from the Auditor-General. In the interim the government had tabled its response to the report on 15 September. With that, the committee felt that it had enough information to write a report, which we have done, and which I table today, and it contains four recommendations. The first is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government should ensure that all future procurement action conforms appropriately with risk management ...

Recommendation 2 is:

The Committee recommends that ACT Government directorates and agencies should ensure recordkeeping procedures ...

Recommendation 3 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government should remind all ... directorates ... of the importance of good records management ...

Recommendation 4 is:

... that the ... Government should remind all ... Public Servants of their obligation to ensure that accurate records of key ... discussions ...

We have had a number of debates in this place before about the sale of ACTTAB. Certain things were on the table for discussion. One firm certainly made an interesting bid and got a great outcome. The question remains: did the people of the ACT get the outcome that they deserved? I guess we will never know, again because of the way the process was handled.

I would again say thank you to the members: Ms Fitzharris, Ms Lawder and Ms Porter. Again Dr Cullen was there at the start; Ms Harkins ran the committee for a little while until Dr Cullen's return from overseas. With that I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ministerial priorities

Ministerial statement

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo—Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services and Assistant Minister for Health) (10.11): I am honoured to be making my first ministerial statement today. I am proud to be able to report on the excellent work already underway in my new portfolios and excited to report on the work ahead to contribute to this government's vision and plan for Canberra as a smart, sustainable and healthy city.

We know that Canberra is a great place to live. We all value our quality of life—being able to move around easily, get to work on time, visit the shops and see people we care about. We value our urban environment, our open spaces and our playgrounds.


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