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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4389 ..

Mr Speaker (continuing):

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee-Report No 4-Inquiry into the role of InTACT as the ACT Legislative Assembly IT service provider, together with the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MS DUNDAS (11.16): I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: Mr Speaker, I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

That the report be noted.

Just briefly, I would like to speak to this report as a member of the Admin and Procedure Committee. This inquiry came out of the privileges inquiry in relation to certain incidents in the Assembly. There were a number of inquiries that came out of that privileges report, and this is one of them. This was specifically to look at how InTACT's service provision to the Assembly is run and whether or not we as an Assembly should be happy with that service. It was a detailed examination not only of the current network provision to the Assembly-and we looked at how it compares to other jurisdictions and their own computer network systems-but also how the Assembly compares to the rest of the ACT government in their relationship with InTACT.

The recommendations are, I think, quite clear and call for a greater autonomy here in the Assembly over the governance of our IT service delivery whilst keeping InTACT as that main service provider. Recommendation 1 spells out what it is the committee thinks will be the best course of action to allow the Assembly greater control and to introduce greater security provisions in the provision of IT here in the Assembly.

There were some other questions that were raised through this inquiry that broadened what it was we were originally looking at, and that includes how InTACT manages phones and answering services, the provision of other IT services to the Assembly and how issues in relation to special modifications that the Assembly might need are dealt with by InTACT.

There is a big pro and con debate about being part of a broader network such as InTACT and being part of the ACT government system. But it means that there are problems when we want to customise what it is we get, specifically for the work here in the Assembly versus the rest of what ACT government is doing.

Within that, we also recommend that there should be greater representation of the Assembly in the ACT government decision-making bodies over InTACT and that there

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