Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 2 August 2022) . . Page.. 2140 ..
I now table a schedule of statutory appointments considered during this reporting period:
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—10th Assembly—Period 1 January to 30 June 2022.
Public Accounts—Standing Committee
Statement by deputy chair
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (12.01): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. In March 2022 the chair of the committee advised the Assembly that the committee had resolved to conduct an inquiry into Auditor-General’s report No 13 of 2021, Campbell Primary School Modernisation Project Procurement.
The committee notes the ongoing investigation by the ACT Integrity Commission into alleged misconduct in ACT government procurement, including the Campbell Primary School modernisation project. As well as evidence from public hearings and submissions, the committee will draw on such complementary work in compiling its final report. The committee has also resolved not to conduct public hearings or publish submissions until the Speaker has tabled the ACT Integrity Commission’s final investigation report. The committee expects to report to the Legislative Assembly on the report as soon as it is practicable.
Statement by deputy chair
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (12.02): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in relation to the following Auditor-General’s Reports: Auditor-General’s report No 1 of 2022, Management of detainee mental health services in the Alexander Maconochie Centre; Auditor-General’s report No 2 of 2022, Fraud Prevention; Auditor-General’s report No 3 of 2022, ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme; and Auditor-General’s Report No 4 of 2022, Governance arrangements for the planning of Parkwood, Ginninderry. The committee has resolved to inquire further into the four audit reports and will undertake a new inquiry, titled inquiry into Auditor-General’s performance audit reports January 2022 to June 2022.
Until now the committee has undertaken standalone inquiries into selected reports of the Auditor-General. Moving forward, the committee has resolved to inquire into all performance audit reports jointly. The move towards jointly inquiring into audit reports draws on the established practices of other Australian jurisdictions and will allow the committee to undertake more self-referred inquiries into matters of public importance.
The committee will continue to address the concern raised in the report of the inquiry into the review of the performance of the three branches of government in the ACT against Latimer House Principles, Ninth Assembly—that is, that too few performance audit reports had been inquired into previously. The committee expects to report to the Legislative Assembly on the audit reports as soon as it is practicable.