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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4303 ..

Again there are a number of recs and the committee was very strong on this: we need to make sure that we look after these folks long term, well beyond the financial, well beyond the rebuild, well beyond the roof over your head.

It is about them. It is about who they are. It is about the role they play in our community. One of the great parts of the process was that we actually had an individual who does not have a Mr Fluffy home and who put in a submission. He said, “These are my neighbours and I want them looked after.” If members want to find the submission I will point it out to them. There is an individual out there who is to be commended, who took the time and made the effort to stand up for his neighbours. I think we all need to take that into account. With that, Madam Speaker, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 6—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (9.36): Madam Speaker, for the information of Members, I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into the proposed Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill 2014-15—Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I am pleased to present the government’s response to the public accounts committee report. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public accounts committee for their work in compiling this report.

The report contains 62 recommendations and has been prepared, as we have heard, in a very short time frame. The government certainly appreciates the effort that has been made by all members of the committee and, indeed, the Assembly secretariat.

The government respects and values the role played by the public accounts committee in scrutinising the proposed expenditure. Madam Speaker, the public accounts committee has made 62 recommendations. The government has agreed in full, in principle or in part to 21 of those recommendations. It has noted 29 recommendations and not agreed with 12.

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