Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 6 (8 June) . .
Thursday, 8 June 2017
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (10.02): Pursuant to an order of the Assembly of 16 February 2017, as amended on 9 May 2017, I present the following report:
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016, dated 30 May 2017, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings
That the report be noted.
I am pleased to speak on the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety's Report on annual and financial reports 2015-2016. Annual reports are the principal and most authoritative way in which directors-general and chairpersons account to the Legislative Assembly and other stakeholders, including the public, for the ways in which they have discharged their statutory and other responsibilities and utilised public funds over the preceding 12 months. They also provide an opportunity for all agencies to advise all major stakeholders of their major plans and themes for the immediate future. The provision of meaningful operational and financial information by government to the parliament and the public is a fundamental covenant of the accountability process.
On 16 February 2017, the Assembly referred the annual and financial reports of all government agencies for the calendar year 2016 and the financial year 2015-16 to the relevant standing committees. The annual and financial reports for 2015-16, or parts thereof, considered by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety as part of its inquiry were: the ACT Electoral Commission; the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission; the ACT Human Rights Commission; ACT Policing; the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, parts thereof relating to the Attorney-General's portfolio, specifically, racing and gaming policy; the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, parts thereof, relating to the portfolio of the Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, specifically Access Canberra and the Commissioner for Fair Trading; the Director of Public Prosecutions; the Justice and Community Safety Directorate; the Legal Aid Commission ACT; the Public Advocate of the ACT; the Public Trustee and Guardian; and Victim Support ACT.
The committee held public hearings on 7 and 8 March 2017. At these public hearings, the committee heard from ministers accompanying directorate and agency officers