Page 730 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 16—Inquiry into the Appropriation Bill 2022-2023 (No 2) and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2022-2023 (No 2)—Government response, dated March 2023.

The report was presented to the Assembly on 21 March.

I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I present the government’s response to the recommendations raised by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts inquiry into the second appropriation bills. The budget review was presented to the Assembly on 9 February and it details how the government is continuing to meet the challenges of a growing population, addressing cost-of-living pressures, investing in our people and our places, and embedding a long-term plan for the delivery of services and infrastructure that will drive economic growth into the future.

I want to thank the committee and the Assembly representatives for their analysis of the budget review and the accompanying supplementary appropriation bills. I further acknowledge the assistance provided by the secretariat in the preparation of the final report. The government respects and values the important role played by the committee in scrutinising the proposed expenditures and, in delivering the response that I have just tabled, I affirm the government’s commitment to transparency in the budget papers and related documentation to ensure that our practices strengthen the integrity and accountability of the management of the territory’s finances.

The standing committee report contains five recommendations related to either the budget review or supplementary appropriation bill matters, and, as they are relatively small in number and the government response outlines them in detail, I will, in summary, indicate that the government agreed in principle to two recommendations, acknowledged a further two that are already part of existing government policy and noted one recommendation. I consider none of the issues raised in this report should prevent the passage of the supplementary appropriation bills.

On behalf of the government, I present the government’s response to the Assembly and look forward to debating the appropriation bills after private members’ business later this afternoon.

Sitting suspended from 12.08 to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Canberra Health Services—data security

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, last week in relation to the patient privacy breach at CHS, you said:

There is absolutely no evidence that this has occurred in any other area of the health system. I would encourage the opposition to not engage in these
scare tactics which will only create concern for people who are accessing our health services.

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