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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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comment and recommendations against three matters: one, inclusion of audited agency responses in reports of the Auditor-General; two, scope of the performance audit program; and three, impact of public interest disclosure activity on the performance audit function.

I conclude by thanking my committee colleagues, Ms Burch, Mr Hinder and Mr Coe; the former chair, Mr Smyth, under whom the inquiry commenced; the Chief Minister and directorate staff for providing written comment; and the committee office for their fabulous support. I commend the report to the Assembly, and some of my other committee colleagues may also wish to make some comments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure in response to the resolution of the Assembly of 31 October 2013 establishing a Commissioner for Standards. Contained in that resolution was a requirement that the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure:

review the operation of the Commissioner after two years following the initial appointment ... and report to the Assembly in the last sitting period in 2016.

The committee has reviewed the operation of the Commissioner for Standards against the background of two investigations that have been undertaken since the position was first established. The committee regards the role of the commissioner as being an important one. It provides the Assembly with an effective mechanism to assess complaints made by members of the public, members of the ACT public service and members of the Legislative Assembly about compliance with the members code of conduct or the rules relating to the registration or declaration of interests.

The committee considers that the introduction of a Commissioner for Standards has been a positive development in the Assembly's governance arrangements. The commissioner, the Honourable Dr Ken Crispin QC, has performed his work in a thoroughly judicious and professional manner. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Dr Crispin for his service to this place as the inaugural commissioner.

Having reviewed the matter, the committee endorses the existing arrangements and considers that no changes are required. The committee resolved that the role should continue to be supported by the Assembly as an important integrity measure.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Paper and statement by chair

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety relating to statutory appointments. In the period 1 January to 30 June 2016 the


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