Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . .

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 March 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1057 ..


Ayes 10

Noes 7

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Question put:

That Mr Smyth’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 10

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Public Sector Management Amendment Bill 2005

Mr Smyth, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella—Leader of the Opposition) (12.03): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Public Sector Management Amendment Bill arises as a result of what is now commonly known as the Tonkin affair. I recently received advice from the Commissioner for Public Administration that she is not able to provide me with advice on the backdoor approach used by this government to legalise ongoing payments to its most senior public servant without having to end his contract.

It does not sit well with me that we have a Commissioner for Public Administration who is not able to look into matters that go the heart of public administration and, in turn, good governance that are referred to her by an ordinary MLA. Currently, the commission is only able to look into matters that are referred or approved by the Chief Minister. This does not bode well for the open, honest, transparent and accountable government that this government once promised. If the government is to be kept accountable, particularly


Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . .