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That standing order 254A be amended as follows: Omit "not been tabled within three months of the presentation of the report, the Chair", substitute:

"not been:

(a) for a committee inquiry into an Auditor-General's report:

(i) tabled within four months of the presentation of the report; or

(ii) provided to the Speaker for out-of-session circulation to Members within four months of the presentation of the report and tabled on the next day of sitting; or

(b) for any other committee report, tabled within three months of the presentation of the report; and

the Chair".

I move this motion today to amend standing order 254A subsequent to an amendment to the Auditor-General Act 1996 included in our Statute Law Amendment Bill which passed the Assembly in November 2015. This motion moves to amend standing orders to allow a time frame of four months instead of three months for government responses to Auditor-General's reports to be tabled. It also provides for these responses to be circulated out of session. The revision of government response time frames recognises the breadth and complexity of both the Auditor-General reports and associated committee reports and the time required to develop a fulsome response with appropriate cross-agency and cabinet consideration while recognising the government's commitment to providing timely responses.

This change comes after consultation with the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Auditor-General, amongst others. The admin and procedure committee provided no substantive comments or objections to the proposed amendment to the standing orders after consultation. I believe this motion is supported across the chamber and commend it to the Assembly.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.01): Ditto.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 8

Mrs Dunne presented the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 8—Family Friendly Workplace, dated 5 April 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

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