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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 3725 ..

Local Area Planning Advisory Committees

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Humphries, as Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. Minister, I wrote to you on 13 February regarding LAPACs and consideration of issues which may have legal ramifications. I wrote to you again on 15 April, again on 21 May, again on 1 August, again on 12 September, once more on 24 October and in - - -

Ms Follett: Is this hypothetically or really?

MR MOORE: In letters. Minister, when can I expect a reply to my letters of 13 February, 15 April, 21 May, 1 August, 12 September and 24 October? Is this consistent with your general approach to constituents? How do they manage when they have been trying to get a reply, as I have since February of this year?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I would not dream of treating constituents the way I treat Mr Moore. I have had discussions with Mr Moore about this particular correspondence. It has been particularly difficult. I had thought I had replied to Mr Moore following a number of letters that he refers to. If I have not replied, then I apologise to him and I will make sure a reply is available, if that is humanly possible, this afternoon.

Chief Minister's Department - Financial Statements

MS McRAE: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. I refer to the financial statements for the Chief Minister's Department for 1995-96. A number of very serious concerns were raised in the Auditor-General's letters to management. Can you confirm that, despite your chief executive not signing off on the department's financial statements until 20 August 1996 and submitting them for audit, material corrections had to be made on the advice of the Auditor-General before the audit opinion was issued? Can you also confirm that one of the corrections was the inclusion of approximately $22m of expenditure which had been understated as a result of unpresented cheques at the year's end and not included in the cashbook balance?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I make the point again that the draft report that I assume is - - -

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I did not talk about a draft report. I specifically said "the Auditor-General's letters to management".

MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much. I make the point that I have certainly not seen that letter, but if it is a letter that is available I am very happy to get the information for the Assembly. I am told that the report that was spoken about earlier, the draft report, does not have to be responded to by the department until Friday this week. It is very much a draft report.

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