Page 4919 - Week 15 - Thursday, 15 December 2005

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Auditor-General’s reports

MRS BURKE: My question is to the Chief Minister. The Auditor-General has qualified three of the 2004-05 annual reports because they did not comply with Australian Accounting Standards. What have you done to ensure that the causes of the qualifications have been rectified?

MR STANHOPE: I have directed that a full government response to every aspect of the reports be prepared and the government will, of course, respond in full in the fullness of time to each of the recommendations made.

MRS BURKE: I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, what would have been the corrected operating result for the general government sector if Australian Accounting Standards had been complied with in 2004-05?

MR STANHOPE: I will take that on notice, Mr Speaker.

Government programs

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, is it the case that the government is currently reassessing the existing base of programs operating within the territory to identify what is described as “incongruity with current strategic directions and policies”?


Sustainable transport plan

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Mr Speaker, in April 2004 the minister released the sustainable transport plan for the ACT. The plan provided a strategic framework for a sustainable transport system for the ACT and supported the Canberra spatial plan. A key element of the plan was a modal shift in journeys to work, with a stronger role for public transport. Can the minister advise the Assembly how ACT commuters are switching from private car use to public transport?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The government is very proud of our commitment to help the community move towards more sustainable modes of transport in the ACT. One of those of course is making sure that our public transport system—

Mrs Burke: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. We have a concern that this may be pre-empting debate on a motion that is already on the notice paper—notice No 1 from Ms Porter.

MR SPEAKER: If that were going to come on this afternoon, I think you would be making a fair point, but it is not coming on until next year. So I think it is—

Mrs Burke: It is still on the notice paper.

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