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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Coroners Act, pursuant to subsection 57(5)—Report of Coroner—Inquest into the death of Gail Maree Cleathero—

Report, dated 8 February 2016.

Executive response.

Auditor-General's report No 4 of 2016—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Report No. 4/2016—The Management of the Financial Arrangements for the Delivery of the Loose-fill Asbestos (Mr Fluffy) Insulation Eradication Scheme—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I am pleased to present the response to the first ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce performance audit report. The report was released by the Auditor-General on 27 May this year and examined the financial and governance arrangements for the delivery of the loose-fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme. Madam Speaker, at the time I said, and I repeat, that this is a positive report about the work undertaken by the Asbestos Response Taskforce. This is something the community can have confidence in and the task force can be proud of.

The Auditor-General made three recommendations in the report. These were to publicly report on the total cost of the scheme in annual budget papers, to continue to disclose the financial impact of the scheme in financial statements, and to continue to migrate all relevant task force records into an online record system by the end of 2016. The government has agreed to and commenced work on these recommendations. In fact, I am pleased to say that even when the recommendations were first made by the Auditor-General work was already underway on all three of them.

I would like to take this opportunity to outline some of the many positives included in the inaugural performance audit report for the task force. It is fair to say the report shows that the scheme has been undertaken with strong governance and with financial and risk controls in place that promote transparency and accountability. Despite the challenge of delivering a complex, never-before-delivered program containing a high degree of uncertainty, the task force approach to governance and risk management reflects better practice.

The task force has mature and practical arrangements in place to the extent that risk management is embedded into daily processes. This can give the community a strong level of assurance and confidence that the scheme is being delivered in an efficient


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