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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (9 April) . . Page.. 830 ..

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present a series of discussion papers in relation to the review of the Public Sector Management Act 1994. The Commissioner for Public Administration, Mr Richard Moss, is undertaking the review. The initial phase of the review is the publication of these papers. Today I present a series of four discussion papers.

I should note that these papers have been distributed separately to all members of the Assembly. The papers have also been sent to all chief executives in the ACT public service, and they are available to all interested parties both in hard copy and from the commissioner's webpage. The publication of the papers is designed to focus debate and consultation on the key issues associated with the Review of the Public Sector Management Act.

This debate and consultation will be further encouraged through a series of focus groups involving staff from across the ACT public service as well as a forum that will be open to members of the public. The deadline for comments on the papers is close of business Friday 31 May 2002. The Commissioner for Public Administration will then prepare a report to governments drawing together the views obtained through this process. This report is expected to be completed in July 2002.

Bill of rights

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women) (3.39): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Committee to inquire into an ACT bill of rights-Terms of Reference.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, this government believes that the protection of the rights of ACT citizens is fundamental to its role in running the territory. The key undertaking of the Labor Party in its election platform was to investigate the development of a bill of rights for the ACT. Last Wednesday I announced the appointment of a committee to consult with the ACT community and report to the government on the feasibility of a bill of rights, the form it should take and what rights should be included in the bill.

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