Page 4588 - Week 12 - Thursday, 15 October 2009

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MS GALLAGHER: I am pleased to present the government’s response to the reports of all six Assembly standing committee reports on the 2007-08 annual and financial reports of ACT government agencies.

In keeping with past practice, I am tabling the responses to all six standing committee reports together. This is because the standing committee reports generally cover more than one minister and more than one portfolio and, in some cases, issues raised in the reports apply across all departments and agencies.

Annual and financial reports are prepared by agencies in accordance with the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004, the Financial Management Act 1996 and the Chief Minister’s Department Annual Report Directions. In this regard, the government seeks to ensure that annual and financial reports are continually updated to reflect best practice and full accountability.

The standing committees made 73 recommendations. The government has agreed in full, in principle or in part to 35 recommendations, has noted 30 recommendations and has not agreed with eight recommendations. I commend the government’s responses to the Assembly.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 29—government response

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (3.12): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee (Sixth Assembly)—Report 29—ACTION Buses and the Sustainable Transport Plan—Government response, dated October 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I am pleased to table the ACT government’s response to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment’s report on its inquiry into ACTION buses and the sustainable transport plan. I acknowledge that there has been a delay in responding to this report. However, many of the recommendations have already been implemented.

The government is committed to providing sustainable transport for Canberrans and has a proven track record. The ACT government has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable transport since commencing office and has introduced a number of initiatives to encourage greater use of public transport in the ACT.

Of the committee’s 47 recommendations, the government agrees to 29, agrees in principle to eight, agrees in part to one, notes seven and does not agree to two. Of the two recommendations not agreed, one relates to the introduction of family fares on

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