Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 1516 ..
MR HIRD (continuing):
Mr Speaker, I have with me several publications that will be of interest to members. They are the Victorian Environment and Natural Resources Committee report "Weeds in Victoria", dated May 1998; a guide by the Olympic Co-ordination Authority on the Homebush Bay site; "Energy Smart Allies Directory 1997"; the Victorian Environment and Natural Resources Committee report "Ballast Water and Hull Fouling in Victoria", dated October 1997; the New South Wales Standing Committee on Public Works report "First Report on Development and Approval Processes for NSW Capital Works"; and the New South Wales Standing Committee on Public Works report on the national conference in Queensland in 1997, which Mr Moore, my predecessor, attended. I have decided to do something which is a first. With the approval of the house - - -
MR SPEAKER: Do you seek leave to table them?
MR HIRD: No. I want to do something for the first time, something which is not orthodox. Rather than table them I would like the approval of members to have them stored and taken care of in the Parliamentary Library, where the many committees we have will have easy access to them. I commend my report to members of the house.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 6 of 1997
MR QUINLAN (6.06): Mr Speaker, I present Public Accounts Committee Report No. 4 of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio, entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 6, 1997 - The Canberra Hospital Management - Control of Salaried Specialists' Private Practice", together with a copy of the extract of the minutes of proceedings. I move:
That the report be noted.
Mr Speaker, within this report the main findings were inadequate internal management controls on compliance by salaried specialists with private practice agreements and on billing, receipts and activity levels; no management policies for the use of hospital facilities; and no calculation of actual costs of specialists using hospitals. The auditor also checked the degree of implementation of recommendations arising from a 1994 audit review and found that few had been fully implemented. The committee consulted the Minister and the Salaried Medical Officers Federation. The outcome of that consultation is that the Government has accepted the validity of the audit findings and is acting to address shortcomings but has avoided commenting on the implementation of the 1994 audit recommendations. This is of concern to the committee, and its recommendations focus on rectifying this.