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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1788 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

amount of confusion because many of those contracts will be renewed. So, particularly if they are short-term contracts, there would be generations of contracts on the web.

The government is inclined to want all contracts to be available on the web until their expiration date. That does not mean that they would not be available any more; they could be accessed from the department through hard copy. Purely for a good, sound, sensible reason we would want to purge from the net expired contracts, particularly where they have been replaced by new contracts.

I thank members and commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 4.

MS DUNDAS (8.38): I move the amendment circulated in my name [See schedule 1 at page 1822].

Mr Speaker, as I said in the in-principle stage, I do not believe that the debate with regard to how this bill applies to the University of Canberra has been resolved. Yes, I put forward two sides of the argument, but I believe that further discussion is actually needed by this Assembly about its role in relation to the University of Canberra. Hence, I believe that the proposed section should be omitted and that we should have the debate at a later stage when more information has been put forward about how this legislation would apply to the University of Canberra.

The Auditor-General put quite clearly in his report that the University of Canberra should be included in legislation such as this. The Auditor-General is not somebody whose reports we should ignore. Hence, I do believe that it is important that we have further discussion on this matter. That is why I have moved the amendment today that we omit this proposed section-put it aside and have the debate-but still allow the government to get on with the other pieces of this legislation, which I support.

MS TUCKER (8.40): This bill brings the provisions of the Public Access to Government Contracts Act into the Government Procurement Act without change, I am advised.

MR SPEAKER: We are dealing with the amendment, Ms Tucker.

MS TUCKER: I know; I am just giving a little preamble before I talk to the amendment. It is all relevant. The consolidation makes some sense in terms of access.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Tucker, you are stretching it a bit.

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