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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4086 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

Again, there needs to be an explanation to the sector that is making a massive contribution to the fabric of our community and an assurance to them that they are receiving the same treatment as are government organisations. This is probably one of the most important things of the day.

Mr Humphries: I do not think it is.

MR QUINLAN: That is more a commentary on you than on the issue.

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! Let us get on with it. We have a lot to do.

MR QUINLAN: I was just closing anyway, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: Thank God for that.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Smyth, you do not think it is serious?

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! We have a great deal to do. It is the intention to finish the committee reports before we go to lunch.

MR QUINLAN: I recommend that government look at those numbers and look at the disquiet that exists within the community sector in relation the relative resources and the unit cost within government and without. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 2 of 1999

MR QUINLAN (12.25): I present Public Accounts Committee Report No. 23 of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 2, 1999 - The Management of Year 2000 Risks - Final Report", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

The committee held a couple of hearings on this inquiry, one in about August or so. We received reasonably confident predictions. The committee thought that it was its responsibility to follow those up. We followed those up in very recent weeks. I guess we can say that we are reasonably assured by what we have been told - quite obviously, we cannot go and confirm it physically - that most systems and all important systems are Y2K compliant and that there are fail-safe contingency plans in place if there happens to be any failure. We feel reasonably assured - without being able to guarantee it, as nobody can - that pretty well everything that can be done has been done. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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