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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 2769 ..

Reference - Faunal Emblems

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (10.51): I move:

That the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism inquire into and report on the available options for faunal emblems to represent the Australian Capital Territory and in particular consider a suitable animal and/or bird emblem.

The royal bluebell was declared the ACT floral emblem in 1982 and has been accepted widely by the ACT community. However, interestingly, it has never been formally adopted by this Assembly. In June 1992 the Assembly passed a resolution requesting the ACT Government to take early steps to adopt floral and faunal emblems for the ACT. However, at present, no such process is in place to select faunal emblems for the ACT. Referring this matter to the Assembly's Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism will ensure that the matter is fully and expertly considered.

Mr Wood: Oh, expertly indeed.

MRS CARNELL: I think - unlike Mr Wood, obviously - that the committee will adopt an approach that will allow the community to have input into what many people in the general community would believe is an important decision. I am confident that the committee will access information or input from the general community and have a wide consultation process. Once a decision on the appropriate emblem or emblems has been made, this Assembly can formally adopt it or them. I think this is an appropriate approach. It is interesting that the ACT is the only State or Territory that does not have a flower, bird and animal as its emblems, and I think that is something that we should attempt to address, particularly as in June 1992 this Assembly did pass a resolution requiring that to happen.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 9 of 1994

Debate resumed from 24 August 1995, on motion by Ms Follett:

That the report be noted.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (10.53): Mr Speaker, I table the Government's response to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Report No. 4, the Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 9, 1994 - "Performance Indicators Reporting". The Auditor-General presented his report No. 9, which provided the results of a review of objectives and performance indicators included in departments' annual reports for 1993-94, on 8 December 1994. The report recommended that a standard framework of concepts, definitions and terms for performance reporting be implemented across the ACT public service, and that the audit report be used as the basis to develop the standard framework.

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