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

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The Government Procurement Act 2001 requires agencies to provide the public accounts committee with a list of reportable contracts every 12 months. Reportable contracts are defined, with some exceptions, as procurement contracts equal to or over $25,000 that contain confidential text. Agencies provide the committee with the names of the contracting parties, the value of the contract and the nature of the contract.

The committee acknowledges that the information the directors-general and their equivalents provide in relation to reportable contracts is readily available in the public domain on the ACT government contracts register; however, its scrutiny is assisted by receiving a consolidated report every 12 months. The committee has been provided with a consolidated list of reportable contracts for the 12-monthly period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

As per its previous practice, the committee believes that there is value in tabling the consolidated list of reportable contracts for the period specified as a transparency mechanism to promote accountability. I therefore seek leave to table a list of reportable contracts for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 as received by the public accounts committee.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I present the following paper:

Reportable contracts—Agencies reporting reportable contracts for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted for all Members for the period 10 June to 1 August 2016.

Mental Health (Secure Facilities) Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 5 May 2016, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.49): I am pleased to speak to this Mental Health (Secure Facilities) Bill 2016 and I thank those who have been involved in bringing the bill to fruition. I know that an enormous amount of work goes into these things.

Firstly, I am pleased that here in the ACT we will have a facility which will provide mental health care for those in our community who most need it at the most severe end of the spectrum. I am still awaiting a briefing on how the details of the facility will work, particularly how the measures in this bill will be nutted out and how they will be implemented on the ground, and I look forward to further briefings on this.


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