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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 August 2011) . . Page.. 3441 ..


Ayes 6

Noes 11

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

ACT public service—governance

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (6.41): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that well resourced oversight and integrity agencies and robust integrity mechanisms are vital for good governance and a healthy democracy;

(b) the importance of a culture of openness and accountability within all government agencies;

(c) the principle of a public “right to know”;

(d) the 2006 Australian Research Council Linkage Project “Whistling While They Work” issues paper Public Interest Disclosure Legislation in Australia: Towards the Next Generation;

(e) that community complaints provide invaluable information and learning opportunities for the improvement of agency service delivery; and

(f) the ACT Ombudsman’s recently expressed concerns about complaint handling by the ACT Public Service and ten-point plan to improve ACT Government service delivery issued on 3 August 2011; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) respond to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety report into the Freedom of Information Act 1989 by the next sitting period;

(b) undertake a comprehensive review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994;

(c) respond to the ACT Ombudsman’s proposed ten-point plan to improve ACT Government service delivery, issued on 3 August 2011;


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