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I have to say, in closing, that there is actually nothing about Dr Paterson’s motion that we are particularly opposed to. I just felt that it was my duty to fill in some of the gaps that were left in the narrative. As such, I commend the amendments that I have moved.

Debate (on motion by Mr Braddock) adjourned to the next sitting.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 7

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.23): I present:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 7—Inquiry into the Auditor-General’s Report No. 3 of 2021: Court Transport Unit Vehicle—Romeo 5, dated 18 May 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

The report was circulated to members pursuant to standing order 254C.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for the Tenth Assembly. The public accounts committee examined the audit report and endorsed all of the Auditor-General’s recommendations. The committee held one public hearing in August last year, hearing evidence from the Minister for Corrections, and officials from the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the ACT Audit Office. In July last year, the committee also had the opportunity to do a site visit to the ACT Supreme Court to view the Romeo 5 vehicle in person.

The committee made seven recommendations as part of its inquiry. The report’s recommendations include that the ACT government terminate the lease for the court transport unit vehicle Romeo 5 and commission a new vehicle; ensure that all officers are appropriately trained to operate any CTU vehicle; and ensure that all CTU vehicles are appropriate and fit for purpose. The report also recommends that WorkSafe ACT reviews and revises its policies to provide greater clarity on its pursuance of prohibition notices.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank those who have contributed to the committee’s inquiry, including the Auditor-General and staff from the ACT Audit Office, and the Minister for Corrections and his directorate officials. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 16

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.25): I present:

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