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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 December 2007) . . Page.. 3811 ..

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 12

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (10.34): Pursuant to order of the Assembly of 13 November 2007, I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 12—Appropriation Bill 2007-2008 (No 2), dated 3 December 2007, 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.

The Appropriation Bill 2007-2008 (No 2) was referred to the public accounts committee on Tuesday, 20 November, on motion by Mr Mulcahy. During the following week an inquiry was conducted which included three hearings at which the committee questioned four ministers on six portfolios. We heard from Mr Stanhope, Mr Barr, Mr Corbell and Mr Hargreaves. Questions were sent in writing to Ms Gallagher as the minister with responsibility for health and community services and answers were received yesterday, unfortunately not in time for inclusion in the report.

A number of other items requested by the committee were not received but given the short turnaround time of the inquiry this is hardly blameworthy. The committee thanks the ministers, their advisers and government officials for their time in attending the hearings and in responding to the committee’s questions. Thanks must also go to the other members of the committee for the time and effort they put into this inquiry. To make room in the diary at such short notice at this time of the year is no mean task. We are pleased that we have emerged from the process with a consensus report which we are able to present to the Assembly today.

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