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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3051..


WorkCover Investigation - Padua College

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, last week Mr Osborne asked me a question in relation to allegations made by the Catholic Education Office regarding actions of a number of ACT WorkCover officials. I said to Mr Osborne that I had written to the secretary to the department, Mr Townsend, asking him to conduct an inquiry and that I needed that report by midday yesterday, 13 December. I need to advise the Assembly that, obviously, that report was not provided by that time. I am advised by Mr Townsend that he is currently seeking clarification of the chronology of events, and then he intends to seek advice from the ACT Government Solicitor and the Office of Public Administration and Management. Given the sensitiveness of the matter, Mr Speaker, I would prefer, and Mr Townsend would prefer, not to rush that report. I am just advising Mr Osborne and the Assembly that the commitment I made to get that report by yesterday obviously has not been able to be met.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.22): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present a status report on the implementation of the Assembly motion on French products. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Report incorporated at Appendix 7.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.23): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present a report entitled "Framework for New Financial Management and Auditor-General Legislation", and I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, on coming to office the Government foreshadowed substantial financial management reform. I have arranged today for the tabling of a paper which sets out the objectives of those reforms. The paper also outlines significant changes required to current legislative, budgetary and reporting arrangements to achieve the reforms.

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