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capture, management and retrieval of data on rehabilitation at the AMC; acquisition of an information system to ascertain capability; amendment of legislation to provide that the ACT Human Rights Commission is able to receive individual human rights complaints; the appointment of an ACT inspector of prisons or equivalent; acceptance and implementation of the Auditor-General's recommendations for a coordinated and systemic approach to rehabilitation at the AMC; implementation of prison industries; engagement of local business community as a source of business expertise in connection with prison industries; and continued support for organisations which work with detainees and families of detainees with a view to reducing recidivism.

In addition, in the course of the inquiry it was found that a letter had been sent to one of the witnesses to the inquiry which could be construed as having a chilling effect on that witness. In relation to this, the committee made three further recommendations which asked the ACT government to write in formal terms to all agencies advising of their obligations with respect to parliamentary privilege; asked the ACT government agencies, where perceived breaches of privilege occur, to acknowledge these promptly and use such incidents as learning tools to prevent future occurrences; and asked the Legislative Assembly to consider whether standing orders should be amended to include a new standing order which would explicitly provide for the protection of witnesses from interference by third parties, thus raising awareness of parliamentary privilege in the public sector and community.

Both the content of the report and procedural elements raised are important matters, and I ask the Assembly to give them due consideration.

In addition, since these are the last sittings of the Eighth Assembly, I would like to note the committee's work in this Assembly, which has included reports on annual reports, a bills inquiry, and the committee's significant and substantial report on sentencing, seven reports in all.

In connection with this and the other work done by the committee, I would like as chair to thank the other members of the Assembly who have served on the committee over the past four years, each of whom has made an important contribution to its work. I would also like to thank the Assembly secretariat, including committee secretary Dr Brian Lloyd, who has supported the committee in its work over the course of this Assembly by providing administrative support and procedural advice, and has conducted all of the writing and research done on behalf of the committee.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 29

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.38): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 29—Inquiry into 2016 Strategic Review of the ACT Auditor-General—Recommendations of Report, dated 26 July 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.


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