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MS HUNTER: Sorry, not all of the Hansard is available; that is correct. Some of the hearings were held in camera because of the nature of the evidence given, but there are submissions there and there were public hearings, so I do encourage people to go and read those and then maybe at a later date we can have a more informed discussion about this report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to reportable contracts under section 39 of the Government Procurement Act 2001. The Government Procurement Act 2001 requires agencies to provide the public accounts committee with a list of reportable contracts every six months. Reportable contracts are defined, with some exceptions, as procurement contracts over $20,000 that contain confidential text. Agencies provide the committee with the names of the contracting parties, the value of the contract and the nature of the contract. The committee is aware that the information chief executives provide in relation to reportable contracts is readily available in the public domain on the ACT government contracts register.

The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services has informed the committee that consideration is being given to changing the process for the reporting on reportable contracts. As an interim step in this process, the committee welcomed receiving the list of reportable contracts for this period in one consolidated report. The public accounts committee believes that this information should be available to all members, and the committee will continue to table this list as it receives it. I therefore seek leave to table the list of reportable contracts for the period 1 April 2009 to 30 September 2009 as received by the public accounts committee.

Leave granted.

MS LE COUTEUR: I present the following paper:

Reportable contracts—Agencies reporting reportable contracts for period 1 April to 30 September 2009—Table.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2009 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 15 October 2009, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.34): The opposition will be supporting this bill which amends a significant number of acts and regulations for statute law revision purposes. The substantive elements of the bill are contained in four schedules. Schedule 1 provides for minor non-controversial amendments initiated by government agencies. Six acts and three regulations are amended. I highlight a couple.

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