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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2160..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

Mr Stanhope has just compared the tabling of Auditor-General's reports to the McLeod report, but I do see that as quite different. The Auditor-General's reports are to the Assembly, not to the Chief Minister; the Auditor-General's performance is actually controlled by the Auditor-General Act of 1996. Section 19 of that act says:

Reporting sensitive information

The auditor-general shall not include particular information in a report for the Legislative Assembly if-

the auditor-general is of the opinion that its disclosure in the report would be contrary to the public interest because it could-

have a serious adverse impact on the commercial interests of any person or body;

(ii) reveal trade secrets of any person or body;

And so on. There's a whole section there. So I do feel that it is a different circumstance.

But having said that, I don't disagree with Mr Stanhope that it's an interesting thing for us to discuss. I appreciate his openness on the subject.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Stanhope) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.44 pm until Tuesday, 24 June 2003, at 10.30 am.


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