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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 September 2010) . . Page.. 4210 ..

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you. This is another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which requires the tabling of all chief executive and executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 17 August 2010. Today I present three long-term contracts, 23 short-term contracts and eight contract variations. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Inquiry—Auditor-General’s Report No 2/2009—Follow up Audit: Implementation of Audit Recommendations on Road Safety—Government submission.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you. I am pleased to table the government’s submission to the Auditor-General’s report No 2 of 2009, Follow-up audit: implementation of audit recommendations on road safety. I would like to provide some context for road safety issues in the territory.

It firstly needs to be recognised that the ACT has a very good road safety record in comparison to other parts of Australia, and indeed the world. The ACT has the benefit of an established and well-designed road system, a general urban environment and a small, well-defined geographic area. Despite this, there is, of course, no room for complacency. Each year about 14 people are killed and 500 people are injured on ACT roads.

This overall level of death and injury is a tragedy for, and a significant burden on, a great number of ACT families. The economic cost to the community of ACT road crashes has been conservatively estimated to amount to $221 million a year. Accordingly, the ACT government is treating road safety as a key priority.

Assembly members would already be aware of the government’s proposed changes to the ACT’s drink-driving laws, which are the most substantial since self-government, and proposals to bring forward legislation covering the complex issue of drug-driving.

This work is part of a range of initiatives under the road safety strategy. They will complement other components of the strategy, such as broad public awareness

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