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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (28 April) . . Page.. 81 ..

Papers and Ministerial Statement

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the ACT Government Work Force Statistical Reports for the first quarter and second quarter 1997-98. I ask for leave to make a very short statement.

Leave granted.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, in accordance with my undertaking during the May 1997 Estimates Committee hearing I am tabling, for the information of members, the work force statistical reports for the first and second quarters of the 1997-98 financial year. These reports reflect the new format introduced in the fourth quarter of 1996-97 report. It includes the comparative figures for the respective quarters in the previous two years.

Report and Papers

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.49): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Report of the Review of the Governance of the Australian Capital Territory, together with the statements made to the review and the transcripts of public hearings. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

I am pleased to be able to table today the report of the working party which was established to undertake a review of the governance of the Australian Capital Territory. I also table, for the information of members, copies of all submissions which were submitted to the working party and the transcript of proceedings for the public hearings which were held on 4 and 5 March 1998. It should be noted that I provided a copy of the report to all members on Friday, 24 April 1998. I also foreshadowed that I would be tabling the report today.

Members will be aware that the review was jointly announced by the Commonwealth and ACT governments on 7 November 1997. The working party was chaired by Professor Philip Pettit, with Mr Tim Keady as the ACT representative and Mr Bill Blick as the Commonwealth representative. The major tasks for the working party were to examine and report on the governance of the ACT, particularly the role of the Executive and the legislature, and to consider possible alternative forms of governance.

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