Page 1955 - Week 05 - Thursday, 6 May 2010

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the motion. The motion called for the minister to come back in this sitting to let the Assembly know where we were up to in investigating ways that there could be a gender equity audit of workers in the ACT public service.

While I am disappointed that that work has not been able to be tabled or progressed or reported on here in the Assembly this week, I have had a number of fruitful meetings with the minister. She has assured me that she is committed to this work and that it is just going to take a little more time. Therefore, this letter was sent to me to inform me that she would be coming back with progress on that work in the June sitting week.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 7—statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): I seek to leave to make what would constitute a fairly brief statement concerning recommendation 25 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Report on annual and financial reports 2008-2009.

Mr Smyth: I like leave. It is a good thing.

MS GALLAGHER: I note the enthusiasm from Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: I like a good PAC report recommendation being adhered to.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Then you will like this one too. I am responding to recommendation No 25 of the Report on annual and financial reports 2008-2009 by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. I am sure Mr Smyth, as he memorises everything, will remember what recommendation 25 is about.

Mr Smyth: It is about executive salaries and open and accountable government, referring it back to the Assembly—

MS GALLAGHER: That is right. The recommendation calls on me to report on the outcome of correspondence with territory-owned corporations regarding greater transparency of executive remuneration. I have got to check the date—

Mr Smyth: Last sitting day in May.

MS GALLAGHER: but I am hoping that the daily program may have given some insight into that—or you really do have some rather exceptional skills.

I can advise that Actew and ACTTAB have both indicated that they are receptive to changing the prevailing reporting requirements in order to provide added disclosure of executive remuneration. Rhodium was not invited to comment about this matter, as it is in the final stages of winding down its operations.

In responding to previous questions about the disclosure of Actew’s executive remuneration, I have informed the Assembly that the current level of disclosure is in

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