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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3054 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

It will emphasise the independence of this role. It will promote full and open accountability for public sector activities and use of resources. It will ensure that members of the Legislative Assembly, as elected representatives of the public, are provided with accurate and complete information. This will include information on the legality, efficiency and effectiveness with which public sector activities and resources are managed. The Government also proposes to give statutory recognition to the Public Accounts Committee.

Mr Speaker, the reforms I have outlined today, and for which more detail is provided in the document tabled, are well overdue. The ACT is one of the last jurisdictions in Australia to undertake a fundamental review of its audit and financial management legislation. This proposal will place the ACT at the forefront of reform. The Government is committed to introducing modern, relevant and forward looking legislation. Recognising the long overdue need for financial reform, and its importance for the future, the Government invites, and in fact would welcome, comment on the proposals. The Government intends to introduce Bills into the Assembly as early as possible in the new year. The legislation will be based on this framework and take into account the comments and input received.

Debate (on motion by Ms McRae) adjourned.


MS HORODNY: I seek leave to table some documents relating to the question that I asked at question time with reference to the health centres. One document is a transcript from the ABC in which Mrs Carnell states quite clearly that she has every intention of selling the two health centres - Kippax and Melba. The other document is a list of all the ancillary staff that are to be relocated.

Leave granted.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (3.33): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present a report entitled "The Role of Urban Design in Crime Prevention and Community Safety". I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I also ask for leave to have my statement incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Statement incorporated at Appendix 8.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.

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