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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 3 July 2008) . . Page.. 2671 ..


In conclusion, these reforms are consistent with the approach taken in many other common-law jurisdictions, including other states and territories in Australia. The bill achieves the necessary balance of reducing the trauma experienced by victims and other vulnerable witnesses in sexual and violence offence court proceedings while at the same time protecting the human rights of the accused to a presumption of innocence and a fair trial. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak) adjourned to the next sitting.

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee

Report 7

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (11:08): I present the following report:

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee—Report 7—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2006-2007, dated 2 July 2008, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 14

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11:09): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 14—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2006-2007, dated 30 June 2008, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I would like to speak briefly to the report. Mr Speaker, the public accounts committee, as you know, is a very busy committee. This is our 14th report in this term. Given that we have a couple of fairly weighty government departments, including Treasury, I thought it might be a good idea to point out some of the recommendations of the committee and to put on the record some of the highlights.

One thing that we noted with concern is that only 63 per cent of financial reports were rated good or satisfactory in 2006-07. That is 63 per cent this last financial year, compared with 75 per cent in 2004-2005. This is a concern if our agencies are performing worse in preparing their financial statements over time.


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