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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 26 June 2008) . . Page.. 2054 ..

MR MULCAHY: I think we have got two debates going on here Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Members should take the conversation outside. Mr Mulcahy has the floor.

MR MULCAHY: In relation to recommendation 21, the committee recommended that a state of the service report be prepared each year as part of the annual reporting processes of the ACT government. The work force profile which provides a snapshot of the public sector is considered to be adequate in relation to addressing that matter, and certainly after seeing that report, which I think came out the other day, I think it seems to provide a large amount of the statistical data that was previously there. On that basis the response seems reasonable and sound.

Just going further through the government’s response, there was a recommendation from the committee in relation to ACTPLA reviewing its policies and procedures to ensure that DA approvals are subject to appropriate checks and balances. I must say I was amazed that the committee actually had to make that sort of recommendation because given what went on in one recent development and given the discussion that occurred at the estimates committee, I was a bit taken aback about the apparent lack of double or triple checking on the procedures that allowed some of those errors to occur. Whilst I think a lot of the recommendations are rather gentle—and I will talk about that later on when we get into the cognate debate—I think that one is certainly an understatement.

I will limit my remarks to that point, Mr Speaker, and talk in more detail when we get into the cognate debate.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to a later hour.

Appropriation Bill 2008-2009

[Cognate papers:
Estimates 2008-2009—Select Committee report
Estimates 2008-2009—Select Committee—report—government response]

Debate resumed from 8 May 2008.

Detail stage

MR SPEAKER: I understand it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill cognately with the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2008-2009 and the government’s response to the report. That being the case, I remind members that, in debating order of the day No 1, executive business, they may also address their remarks to the committee report and the government response.

Standing order 180 sets down the order in which this bill will be considered—that is, in the detail stage, any schedule expressing the services for which the appropriation is to be made must be considered before the clauses and, unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the schedules will be considered by proposed expenditure in the order shown. With the concurrence of the Assembly, I am proposing that the Assembly consider schedule 1 by each part consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of the territory.

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