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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 March 2010) . . Page.. 851 ..

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 10

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 20

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 20, dated 15 March 2010, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 20 contains the committee’s comments on five bills, 23 pieces of subordinate legislation, four government responses and a submission from the Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner concerning the Crimes (Surveillance Devices) Bill 2010 and the Crimes (Serious Organised Crime) Amendment Bill 2010. The committee has made comments on these two bills and these are contained in the report. These, however, are not the committee’s final comments; they are preliminary, and the committee is seeking a speedy response from the government before it makes its final comments on these bills. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting and I commend the report to the Assembly.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to government submissions to Auditor-General’s reports. On behalf of the public accounts committee, I would like to draw the Assembly’s attention to a matter of great concern to the committee. As members would be aware, PAC is charged by the Assembly to examine all reports of the Auditor-General. An integral part of this process involves the committee receiving a submission from the government. This submission is the government’s official response to the findings and recommendations of each Auditor-General’s report.

Under the government’s own guidelines they are required to provide this submission to PAC within three months of the tabling of the report. Unfortunately, in many

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