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in place a system, a methodology, an implementation team that can ensure that all of the issues that the government needs to consider in relation to each of the recommendations is given due consideration.

The government has taken just two decisions in relation to the recommendations contained in the report. We have chosen not to accept as a position, perhaps an implicit position, that the Department of Treasury should be subsumed as a division into and become a division of the Chief Minister’s Department. It should continue as a separate and distinct entity, as a treasury, and we have resolved that it would be appropriate—having regard to the report, the broad support, essentially in-principle support which we have given in accepting the wisdom of the report—that an ACT strategic public service board be established to oversight the work of an
implementation team that will now begin the process of advising government on the detail around the implications, efficacy and appropriateness of the government pursuing all and each of the recommendations.

Change can be challenging. I accept that there will be staff that will be challenged by some of the recommendations as they impact on their workplace and their work. I have today given an undertaking that no jobs are at risk. This is not about job cuts or job losses. This is about developing a public service for the future. (Time expired.)

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Hargreaves, you cannot ask supplementaries on your own question.

Mr Hargreaves: Can you tell me why that is so, Mr Speaker?

Mrs Dunne: Because the standing orders say so.

Mr Hargreaves: I was not talking to you, Mrs Dunne. If I wanted it, I would—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hargreaves! I am quite capable of managing it.

Mr Hargreaves: I think so but I have noticed how these people have been bullying you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, resume your seat.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, how do you envisage moving forward some of the recommendations and commentary around changes to the self-government act?

MR STANHOPE: Ms Hunter has identified one of the issues that have been raised, that are covered, in relation to which there are recommendations in this very broad-ranging report. The fact that there are recommendations in the report in relation

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