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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Option A, the first option, has been followed by the government. It may not suit the petty arguments of those opposite, but the review has been implemented. We have, through the changes to public sector legislation, through other reforms that have been implemented over the past five years, implemented the Hawke review of governance.

You are entitled to your own opinions, Mr Coe, but not to your own facts.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, why have you not allowed public servants to utilise their experience and expertise when it comes to informing sound decision-making by your government?

MR BARR: The ACT public service is actively engaged in the policy development process within ACT government. We have established since I became Chief Minister three cabinet subcommittees where public servants sit in the room with cabinet ministers and participate actively in discussions in the policy development process. We have a significant level of engagement across directorates, a one-government approach. So we are moving away from the silo department-by-department approach to public policy development and delivery.

The budget process in particular has focused on collaboration between directorates to ensure that joint bids are put forward to tackle some of the more challenging issues that we face. A classic and fantastic example of that was the package put forward in this budget responding to domestic and family violence. It brought together work across all different ACT government directorates into a whole-of-government response, breaking down the silos that too often have stood in the way of good public policy outcomes.

One of the great things about ACT government is that we are a small institution, that we cover both state and local government responsibilities. This means that with a one-government approach you can bring together skills and expertise and deliver high-quality public policy outcomes.

Another great example of that is in our Australian and world-leading approach to the procurement of renewable energy, which has been lead by the Deputy Chief Minister. It is outstanding work that even the commonwealth government—the Liberal government and the former environment minister Greg Hunt—endorsed as fantastic public policy and the best way to procure renewable energy for our city.

They are just two of many examples across the cabinet subcommittees and the work that we have been undertaking to deliver whole-of-government responses. (Time expired.)

Bushfires—Mount Clear

MR JEFFERY: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, when was the fire outbreak at Mount Clear in December 2015 first detected and reported?


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