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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 750 ..

The team also prepared the ACT's submissions to the Commission's Annual Update Reviews conducted during this period.


(2) A range of submissions were prepared over the course of the inquiry on a number of different subjects under investigation each with varying timeframes.

The major submission to the inquiry was signed off by the Chief Executive of the Chief Minister's Department, Mr John Walker, on 6 March 1997 and took approximately 6 months to draft although many months had been spent on preparatory work.

(3) No. The ACT has not prepared a submission. This review is being conducted for the benefit of NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. Developments are being monitored closely.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) Not applicable.

(6) Yes, the Treasury is coordinating and directing a whole of government approach to the preparation of several submissions in response to Part 1 of the terms of reference. The Terms of Reference require the Commonwealth Grants Commission to review the methods used to determine and report upon the question of the per capita relativities for distribution of GST revenue grants and health care grants which the Commission would regard as appropriate to apply after 2003-04.

The Commission, States and Territories have agreed on a comprehensive work program leading up to the release of final recommendations on or before 25 February 2004.

(7) The whole of government strategy is again in the hands of the officers in the Commonwealth State Finances Section located in the Finance and Investment Group in the Treasury headed by Mr Roger Broughton.

The Section is managed by Mr John Purcell, Senior Officer Grade A, with a Project Manager appointed for the 2004 inquiry, Mr Andrew Philip, Senior Officer Grade B. The Section also comprises one SOG C with two contractors at the ASO 6 and ASO 5 levels respectively.

Liaison officers have been appointed by the CEO's of ACT Departments to prepare their initial portfolio input to the ACT submissions under direction from Treasury.

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