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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 3233..

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Report 3

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (12.09): I present the following report:

Public Accounts-Standing Committee-Report 3-Report on 2003-2004 Annual and Financial Reports, dated 24 August 2005, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

DR FOSKEY: I move:

That the report be noted.

In the absence of the chair of the public accounts committee, Mr Mulcahy, who is not in the chamber for personal reasons, I take pleasure in presenting the report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on annual and financial reports for 2003-04. I do not know if Ms MacDonald, the other member of the committee who is present, wishes to speak. I commend the report to members.

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (12.11): Mr Speaker, it was not my intention to speak to the report. However, I will give a brief summary. This, of course, is the last report on annual and financial reports for 2003-04. As members would be aware, hearings were held in February and March for a number of departments and government agencies under the purview of the public accounts committee. These included the ACT Auditor-General, the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, the ACT Government Procurement Board, the ACT Insurance Agency, the Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Actew Corporation, ACTTAB, the Australian Capital Tourism Corporation, the Australian International Hotel School, the Chief Minister's Department, the Commissioner for Public Administration, Exhibition Park in Canberra, the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission, the Stadiums Authority, Totalcare Industries Ltd, and the Department of Treasury. We also took on board the annual and financial reports of the ACT Cleaning Industry Long Service Leave Board, the ACT Construction Industry Long Service Leave Board, the Office of the Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner and ACT WorkCover.

As I said, in February and March we had a number of hearings with a number, but not all, of these departments and agencies. The report has seven recommendations, which I would suggest are not too bruising. However, I would suggest that some of them are useful. I will leave it at that, Mr Speaker. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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