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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 21 August 2008) . . Page.. 3426 ..

Legislative Assembly––Ethics and Integrity Adviser

MR BERRY (Ginninderra) (11.18): I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 10 April 2008 establishing the position of the Legislative Assembly Ethics and Integrity Adviser be amended as follows: In paragraph (6) after “for the life of the Assembly” insert “and the period of three months after each election”.

This move is necessary to ensure that there is some continuity for the Assembly’s ethics and integrity adviser. At first the appointment was to run only to the end of this Assembly. That is reasonable in the ordinary course of events because the speakership changes at that point and a decision on the tenure of the adviser is something for the new Speaker to deal with. But it has been pointed out to me that if we were to do that the new Speaker would need some time to do the reappointment of the new adviser. This, of course, would take some time. It was felt that it would be better to extend it by three months so that there was a seamless arrangement in place for the ethics and integrity adviser. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts––Standing Committee

Report 17

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.20): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 17—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 1 of 2006: Regulation of Charitable Collections and Incorporated Associations, dated 14 August 2008, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This report has been the result of deliberations by the committee for a couple of years. It is not one that elicited a large number of submissions, but the submissions that were presented to the committee showed great interest in the issue. Though it might seem a minor issue in relation to the size of the amounts of money we are talking about, it is very concerning when associations that have not presented audited books for a period of years are still able to operate as charities.

We made three recommendations. First, we recommended that:

… the Auditor-General undertakes a performance audit of the Office of Regulatory Affairs to assess the quality of its internal processes and how effectively it is contributing to the aim of reducing the burden of regulation.

We did note that there was a strengthened role for the office of regulatory affairs and that therefore some of the issues might have been dealt with, but we thought that it was about time that we checked on that.

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