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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5175 ..


Again, this is purely a clause that seeks to remove the ability for the commission to report annually on the finding of corruption. It seems to only be a case where, instead of being the best of the year, it is only the worst of the year, the lowlights of the annual report. I think we should broaden it slightly to include some of the less bad moments of the previous 12 months and therefore include all findings of corruption.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (8.38): We are not supporting this amendment. For the reasons that we have outlined before around the commission's focus, the reporting should be on instances of serious and systemic corruption. Again, this section places no limitation on the commission's ability to report on matters that are not found to be systemic or corrupt conduct; it can still comment on those matters.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (8.38): For the reasons I expressed on amendment No 45, we will not be supporting this amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6 : Miss C Burch, Mr Parton, Mr Coe, Mrs Dunne, Ms Lawder, Ms Lee

Noes 9 : Mr Barr, Ms Le Couteur, Ms J Burch, Mr Rattenbury, Ms Cheyne, Mr Steel, Ms Fitzharris, Ms Stephen-Smith, Mr Gentleman

Amendment negatived.

Clause 220 agreed to.

Clauses 221 to 231, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 232.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (8.42): I move amendment No 69 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 5206]. This amendment simply clarifies that the appointment process should be competitive.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (8.42): We are happy to support this amendment, consistent with our support of similar amendments elsewhere in the bill.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (8.43): We will also be supporting this amendment, for the reasons stated earlier.


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