Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 2473 ..
That Executive business be called on.
MR QUINLAN (10.50): Mr Speaker, I present public accounts committee Report No. 21 of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio, entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 1, 1999 - Stamp Duty on Motor Vehicle Registrations", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:
That the report be noted.
Mr Speaker, this report again typifies a process that we seem to have fallen into. The Auditor finds a problem and compiles a report. The Government then defends itself against the criticism in the report, occasionally begrudgingly adopts some of the recommendations, and hopefully the whole thing, to some extent, goes away. From time to time the Public Accounts Committee has discussed whether it needs to come back and ask the Auditor to revisit some of these issues. There does not appear to be a huge amount of money involved in this exercise and there does appear to be some cost in tightening the system. However, the committee has recommended that the Government have a damn good look at it.
Ms Carnell: We did.
MR QUINLAN: There you go. I rest my case. I do not think it is beyond the wit of mankind to devise a system whereby we can have deemed market prices. That can be a process for assessment, and any diversion from that should become an exception. However, at this point, Mr Speaker, I commend the recommendations of the committee to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Ms Carnell ) adjourned.
MR QUINLAN (10.53): Mr Speaker, I present public accounts committee Report No. 22 of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio, entitled "Review of the Auditor-General's Report No. 2, The Management of Year 2000 Risks - Interim Report", together with a copy of the extracts of minutes of proceedings. I move: