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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2160 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

Mr Stanhope has just compared the tabling of Auditor-General's reports to the McLeod report, but I do see that as quite different. The Auditor-General's reports are to the Assembly, not to the Chief Minister; the Auditor-General's performance is actually controlled by the Auditor-General Act of 1996. Section 19 of that act says:

Reporting sensitive information

The auditor-general shall not include particular information in a report for the Legislative Assembly if-

the auditor-general is of the opinion that its disclosure in the report would be contrary to the public interest because it could-

have a serious adverse impact on the commercial interests of any person or body;

(ii) reveal trade secrets of any person or body;

And so on. There's a whole section there. So I do feel that it is a different circumstance.

But having said that, I don't disagree with Mr Stanhope that it's an interesting thing for us to discuss. I appreciate his openness on the subject.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Stanhope) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.44 pm until Tuesday, 24 June 2003, at 10.30 am.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the Canberra region. It is also an important meeting place for other Aboriginal peoples. We respect their continuing cultures and value the contribution they make to life in the ACT.