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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 3..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

The Commonwealth and the territory jointly fund the Legal Aid Commission. However, the Commonwealth could alleviate a lot of its financial pressure. Other issues that the committee explored related to the employment of law students in case management. I have already referred to the report of the DPP but the following statement in that report is worthy of note:

The pressures on this office have to date been managed but I believe that cracks are starting to show in its ability to continue to deliver services at the level which the Canberra community is entitled to expect.

As I mentioned earlier, the director is of the view that an additional three prosecutors are required to deliver the appropriate service. The committee referred to its previous report and to concerns expressed by the DPP last year about the lack of statistical information to adequately inform policy development. I urge the government to give close consideration to a number of issues in those reports. I thank the committee secretary, Robina Jaffray, and my two colleagues on the committee for the preparation of this report and I thank the various ministers and officials who made themselves available.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health and Disability-Standing Committee

Report 2

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (10.40): I present the following report:

Health and Disability-Standing Committee-Report 2-Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005, dated 10 February 2006, 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.

MS MacDONALD: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MS MacDONALD: I move:

That the report be noted.

This report contains three recommendations. First, the standing committee recommends that data to enable comparison between financial years be included in all tables provided in annual and financial reports. Second, the standing committee recommends that government agencies be cognisant of and adhere to the timelines for the production of annual and financial reports in order to avoid any need to circulate different versions of the report. Third, the standing committee recommends that all annual and financial reports be thoroughly and closely edited before submission.

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