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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2275 ..

9/2018—ACT Health's management of allegations of misconduct and complaints about inappropriate workplace behaviour.

10/2018—2017-18 Financial Audits—Overview.

11/2018—Financial Audits—Financial Results and Audit Findings.

1/2019—Total Facilities Management Procurement.

2/2019—Recognition and implementation of obligations under the Human Rights Act 2004.

3/2019—Access Canberra Business Planning and Monitoring.

4/2019—2017-18 Financial Audits—Computer Information Systems.

The Auditor-General has briefed the committee on all these reports. The decision not to inquire further in these instances will allow the committee to focus on current substantial inquiries into other matters.

The committee also advises the Assembly that it will soon be writing to agencies that have been the subject of Auditor-General's performance audit reports in the Ninth Assembly, asking them to advise the committee as to their progress in implementing the recommendations made in those reports.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Integrity Commission Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 16 May 2019, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.11): The opposition will be supporting this bill and the amendment proposed by Ms J Burch today. We are very keen for the integrity commission to get underway. However, we recognise that a short delay in commencement is necessary to allow the commission to fully prepare to receive complaints later this year. I understand that some recruitment and other practical works are ongoing and will require the commissioner's approval or involvement. There are also several complex policies and procedures that the commission will have to develop before they begin their investigative processes.

The Canberra Liberals have been pushing for an integrity commission in the ACT and we want it to be well prepared and established when the floodgates open. We do not want to put the commissioner in a situation where he does not feel he has either adequate time or resources to fulfil his role. I note that the amendment allows the minister to set an earlier commencement date. I hope that the commissioner will receive enough support from the government to start investigating complaints prior to 1 December 2019. As I said, we will be supporting the bill and the amendment today.

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