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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (20 March) . .

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to completion a project to ensure effective tracking and management of all software licences used by government, in recommendation 8; terminology regarding workforce diversity, proposing that the ACT government dispense with the term "different religions" in characterising its workforce, in recommendation 9; apprenticeships and traineeships in connection with providing such support as would prevent further decreases in opportunities in these areas in the ACT, in recommendation 10; attraction and retention incentives and the principles used to negotiate these incentives being advised to the Assembly, in recommendation 11; Shared Services agreement between Icon Water and ActewAGL in connection with tabling the current version of this agreement in the Assembly by the end of the 2017-18 year, in recommendation 12; and the ACT Ombudsman asking the Speaker of the Assembly to swear in the current Ombudsman to place beyond doubt the formal aspects of his appointment to the current role, in recommendation 13.

Mr Assistant Speaker, these recommendations relate to important functions of government. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (12.04): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

I inform the Assembly that during the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017 the standing committee considered three statutory appointments to the Cultural Facilities Corporation Board. I table the following paper:

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—9th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2017.

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (12.05): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal relating to the ACT government's response to the committee's inquiry into billboards. On 26 October 2017 the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal tabled its report on its inquiry into billboards. The ACT government response to the report was tabled in the Assembly on 22 February 2018.

The committee notes that the ACT government response agreed in principle to each of the 14 recommendations contained in the committee report. However, the committee is disappointed that the ACT government response does not commit to implementing any of its recommendations and is seemingly unclear about related regulatory arrangements. This lack of commitment to regulatory reform is of concern to the


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