Page 2366 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 16 June 2009

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This government’s vision is for an open and accountable government, one that is sensibly linked to the needs for confidentiality at times within our system of government, one that ensures effective use of resources and one that engages with both the Assembly and the wider Canberra population in a democratic process that involves constructive and beneficial conversations that promote trust and respect between the community and our government.

I am proud to be part of this government, a government that prides itself on a good record in relation to openness and accountability and a government determined to continue to improve in this area.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Ms Le Couteur, you have got about 30 seconds.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (4.53): In that case I will just thank Mr Seselja for bringing up this important motion and note, as previous speakers have, that the government has not been overly open and accountable with the estimates process. I will not go through all the issues which other people have mentioned. I will just mention some of the other things like Mr Barr’s refusal to appear. Mr Barr described objections to the development processes as political and frivolous. It is pretty discouraging to people who want to engage in our planning system to find that their objections are regarded as political—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: The time for this matter of public importance has expired. Mr Hanson, do you want to use the standing orders, as discussed?

Ms Burch: Give him a helping hand, Madam Assistant Speaker.

Mr Stanhope: Yes. Do you want to ask any of the rest of us whether we would like to do something, Madam Assistant Speaker?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I am just trying to get the direction the Assembly—

Mr Stanhope: Want to help him out a bit, do you? He needs all the help he can get.

Estimates 2009-2010—Select Committee

Report 1

Debate resumed.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (4.54): Speaking about the estimates committee process, I would like to start off by very warmly thanking the secretariat who did an incredible job through this time. To produce the quantity of report that we did in the time was absolutely amazing. We can talk about the quality of the report, but the quality of the secretariat was beyond question.

I would also like to thank my fellow committee members, in particular the chair, Mr Seselja, who did generally a very good job of trying to keep a sometimes spirited

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