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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3334 ..

MS FOLLETT (continuing):

Mr Moore, in supporting the Bill, expressed his gratitude to the Government for the way in which they consult. I echo that gratitude, Mr Speaker; I do think it is an improvement. But in one respect the Government has not always followed the will of the committee, and that is in regard to the Public Accounts Committee's report relating to appointments to government business enterprises. If my memory serves me correctly, the Government has not acquiesced in the Public Accounts Committee's recommendation that consultation also take place on appointments to government business enterprises. Mr Speaker, the boards of the government business enterprises have some of the most significant responsibilities of any boards and committees that serve the Territory, for they are directly responsible for the management, the administration and the policy of the Government's business enterprises. They also, of course, serve as board members in the same way as people in private enterprise serve on the board of an organisation in business. I would again recommend to the Government that they have another look at that issue. If they are serious about consultation and about a breadth of support for the appointments that they make, I think it would be only consistent for them to extend that view to government business enterprises. Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the Assembly and I thank those members who have studied it and who have offered their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


MR MOORE (10.54): I move:

That this Assembly require the Government to put before it any proposed use of Lake Burley Griffin, Lake Tuggeranong or Lake Ginninderra or their foreshores prior to granting any permission for a new use of these areas for any purpose.

Kate Carnell, in the Liberal policy statement for the 1995 election, said, on city government:

We will ensure the ... Government are made more accountable to Canberrans by involving them in decision-making processes and by listening directly to their views.

Indeed, that was reiterated in relation to the community consultation process in the 1996-97 budget, Mr Speaker. This Chief Minister, of course, was very keen about those ideas and harped long and loud on the previous Government, their failure to consult and their inadequacies of consultation, launching into an election campaign with statements

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