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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3234 ..


I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Jones) adjourned to the next sitting.

ACT Government Campaign Advertising—Acting Independent Reviewer

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (11.46): I move:

That, in accordance with section 12 of the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009, this Assembly approves the appointment of Mr William ‘Bill’ Campbell AO PSM QC as Acting Independent Reviewer—ACT Government Campaign Advertising for a period of three years commencing 12 November 2021. This appointment is effective in instances when the Independent Reviewer—ACT Government Campaign Advertising cannot for any reason exercise the functions of the position.

I present to the Assembly a motion to appoint Mr Bill Campbell AO PSM QC as Acting Independent Reviewer—ACT Government Campaign Advertising. If appointed, Mr Campbell will be called upon to review ACT government advertising campaigns if the Independent Reviewer, Professor Dennis Pearce AO, is unavailable.

I would like to take the opportunity this morning to acknowledge Mr Ian Govey AM who has recently resigned from the role of Acting Independent Reviewer and thank him for his service.

The Independent Reviewer, Professor Pearce, and Acting Independent Reviewer, Mr Campbell, if appointed, would continue to review government campaigns over $40,000 to ensure that they comply with the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009, which aims to prevent the misuse of public funds. This is an important role in ensuring integrity, transparency and trust in the use of public funds for government communications. As part of the review process, the reports of the Independent Reviewer are presented to the Assembly on a biannual basis.

In nominating Mr Campbell, I have every confidence that he will perform the duties of the position with the highest integrity and professionalism. He is a public international lawyer with a distinguished career history and extensive experience in law and interpretation of legislation. He held the position of General Counsel, International Law, and Head of the Office of International Law in the federal Attorney-General’s Department. He has advised successive Australian governments on all areas of international law and its implementation in Australia.

Mr Campbell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to public administration and to international legal practice through senior council and advisory roles, and awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through exceptional contribution to commonwealth law in the international arena, particularly in relation to natural resource management. He was


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