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In addition, it is very clear from the committee's comments that human rights, and particularly privacy considerations, and the interaction of this proposed law with the Human Rights Act, have not been properly taken into account by Mr Rattenbury. Regretfully, it would appear that in the interaction with the scrutiny of bills committee Mr Rattenbury has chosen to be provocative in his comments, has accused the committee of going beyond its terms of reference, and has accused the committee of not being familiar with the current operation of the Freedom of Information Act.

Given that Mr Bayne is a recognised academic expert in the operation of freedom of information, it is disappointing to see this interchange. I would simply draw to members' attention, Madam Speaker, that this is a very serious issue where the scrutiny of bills committee has determined that the proposer of a significant reform to the Freedom of Information Act does not appear to know how his own bill may operate and the impact it may have on the operation of freedom of information law in this territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: There are a couple of issues in relation to this that I will seek advice from the Clerk about, and I may make a statement later in the day.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 31

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.08): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 31—Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 3 of 2015: Restoration of the Lower Cotter Catchment, dated 26 July 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to speak to report No 31 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Review of Auditor-General's report No 3 of 2015: restoration of the lower Cotter catchment. The audit report presented the results of a performance audit that examined the management of the lower Cotter catchment. This involved consideration of the implementation of the lower Cotter catchment strategic management plan 2007, which was released in January 2007.

In accordance with the resolution of appointment of the committee, the audit report was referred to the committee for examination. The committee has established procedures for its examination of these reports pursuant to the Assembly resolution. In accordance with these procedures, the committee resolved on 10 November 2015 to inquire further into the audit report.

The objective of the audit was to provide an independent opinion to the Legislative Assembly on the effectiveness of the management of the lower Cotter catchment by


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