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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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I thank the members for their efforts in this regard. I point out to members on page (i) that Ms Burch, in her former role as a member of the executive, was responsible for the housing portfolio. As the small explanation says, for the period spanning presentation of the audit report and the committee's consideration of the audit report, Ms Burch was not a member of the executive. We take conflict of interest very seriously in the committee. I commend Ms Burch for her diligence in suggesting areas where she could be involved and where she could not be involved across a number of reports and issues that we have had before us.

I thank Ms Burch, Ms Lawder and Mr Hinder for their efforts and, as always, Dr Cullen for her assistance in putting together the report. With that, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to the committee's recent attendance at and participation in the 2016 Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees, ACPAC, mid-term meeting.

The 2016 ACPAC mid-term meeting was hosted by the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly's Public Accounts Committee in Alice Springs from 27 to 28 April this year. Twenty-five ACPAC delegates attended the meeting, including chairpersons, members and staff of Australasian public accounts committees. Mr Jayson Hinder MLA represented the committee at the meeting.

ACPAC was formed in 1989 and facilitates the exchange of information and opinion relating to public accounts committees and discusses matters of mutual concern. ACPAC meets every two years in conference, with a mid-term meeting to discuss and agree on an agenda for the forthcoming conference and to discuss issues specifically pertaining to Australasian committees.

A key focus of the 2016 meeting was progress regarding the establishment of a commonwealth association of public accounts committees, CAPAC. The meeting was informed of key developments within CAPAC in the period since the fifth Westminster workshop held in Malta in June 2015. This included: (i) approval from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's international committee at the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in October 2015; and (ii) final agreement on the establishment of CAPAC at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, in Malta on 27-29 November 2015. Both bodies have subsequently provided their endorsement. In paragraph 9 of the 2015 CHOGM Communique, CHOGM heads noted:

... the establishment of the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees as a network for strengthening public financial management and accountability, these being vital in maintaining the trust of citizens and the integrity of governments and legislatures.

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