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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .

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Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 3

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.14): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 3—Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2) and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 (No 2), dated 10 April 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Today I wish to speak about the Standing Committee on Public Accounts report into Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2) and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 (No 2). At the outset I would say that the report notes the referral of the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 (No 2) but makes no further comment. There is no other reference to this bill in the report.

The substantive part of the report deals with Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2). The report makes two recommendations regarding this bill. The first recommendation is that ACT government agencies, including the Education Directorate, develop criteria for review and criteria for the success of major projects prior to procurement and implementation. The recommendation concerns the provision of laptops to year 7 to 11 students in ACT schools. The simple message is that it would be a good idea to formulate what you are trying to achieve when you set out to do something, and this allows you to see whether you have achieved the intended outcome or whether the program needs adjusting.

In its second recommendation, the committee recommends that if procurement documents on service providers on a panel for elective surgery waiting list programs are not published on the ACT procurement website, these documents be published in the future. The recommendation seeks to support transparency in the procurement of medical services for the ACT public health system, consistent with reporting on procurement in other areas.

There are other areas in which the committee made comment but does not provide recommendations. One area notes the profile of funding provided to the ACT Ombudsman's Office so that it can meet the requirements placed upon it by the reportable conduct scheme. Here, the committee states that it expects additional funding on top of that already provided and that more funding is likely to be necessary if the scheme is to function effectively in the outyears.

A second line of comment concerns the timing of demolition works at Campbell Primary School in relation to the appropriation made under this bill. In brief, the committee found that the demolition work had already been done, and the money


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