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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 1997 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

This motion incorporates an amendment I had earlier circulated and had intended to move to a motion which was to be put forward by Mr Osborne. Due to the time, I have moved this motion in Mr Osborne's absence. Mr Osborne informs me that in due course he will move to withdraw his motion from the notice paper, subject of course to this motion succeeding.

Let me just go to the issue. This motion is about setting up a select committee to look at the issue of workers compensation, which is always an issue of concern to workers. It is also an issue for governments and an issue for business. The issues which are mentioned in the motion are self-explanatory. A discussion paper circulated by Mr Smyth would be of interest to the committee as well.

I do not think I need to say anything more in relation to the motion. It is fairly self-explanatory, and I would urge members to support it. Bear in mind my earlier comments. This motion replaces the motion which Mr Osborne has on the notice paper, which in the ordinary course of events would have been moved and then amended today. I urge members to support the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 19 of 1998

MR QUINLAN (12.52): Mr Speaker, I present Public Accounts Committee Report No. 19 of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio, entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 10, 1998 - Management of School Repairs and Maintenance", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings, and I move:

That the report be noted.

I have a few words to say but I seek leave to have them incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows:

the Department of Education utilises land, buildings and improvements valued at some $534m and repairs and maintenance cost around $7.3m a year - about 3% of overall annual operating costs of government schooling

while the audit found that repairs and maintenance have generally been effective, efficient and economical it also saw need for a more strategic approach to planning repairs and maintenance

the audit noted that a significant proportion of school principals perceived that their schools were either in poor condition or experienced disruptions due to equipment failure or repair/maintenance

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