Page 2145 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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(v) Western Australia – 9 percent;

(vi) New South Wales – 4 percent;

(vii) Tasmania – 2 percent; and

(viii) South Australia – 0 percent;

(e) the ACT has the equal-lowest number of Government Business Enterprises analysed in the report;

(f) the report provides, on page 31, the number of state and territory Government Business Enterprises included in the analysis:

(i) Australian Capital Territory – 3;

(ii) Northern Territory – 3;

(iii) South Australia – 3;

(iv) New South Wales – 8;

(v) Queensland – 13;

(vi) Western Australia – 14;

(vii) Tasmania – 14; and

(viii) Victoria – 26;

(g) the report assessed three ACT Government Business Enterprises:

(i) ActewAGL;

(ii) Cultural Facilities Corporation; and

(iii) Icon Water; and

(h) the Grattan Institute’s report does not provide analysis on the myriad of other government appointments made by the ACT Government that may have political affiliations;

(3) refers a review of current Government Business Enterprise board and other government appointments to the ACT Auditor-General to ensure appointments are in line with community expectations of merit and integrity; and

(4) invites the ACT Auditor-General to provide recommendations to improve the principles of merit and integrity in future Government Business Enterprise board and other government appointments.

As the motion mentions, a study was published by the Grattan Institute in July last year, entitled, New politics: A better process for public appointments. This report from the Grattan Institute found that the ACT has the equal-highest number of politically affiliated government business enterprise board members from the same side of politics as the government that appointed them, all of whom are or were affiliated with ACT Labor.

I stand here to say that we should be doing better than this, because it is essential for the healthy functioning of our democracy that we have people in these important roles that are there for the public interest and the public good.


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