Page 2657 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker, Minister, are there any programs associated with the agreement or an implementation plan to make sure that the principles in the agreement actually happen?

MR CORBELL: Yes, there are 105 action items under the agreement, Mr Speaker. I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. The government has put together a framework to respond to and ensure implementation of those action items. A number of these have been funded through the most recent budget process.

For example, in the most recent budget, $475,000 was provided for the guidance partner program, which I know that Ms Porter has a strong interest in, in relation to assisting Indigenous young people to participate in the restorative justice program, as well as remuneration to our circle sentencing court panel members. These are two small but useful initiatives that underpin our commitment to implementing the action items outlined in the agreement.

MR SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, a supplementary?

DR BOURKE: Attorney, would you be able to further elaborate on any additional actions that you have initiated in this area for the future?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his interest in the matter as well. The government will be continuing to use the mechanisms to put in place—the whole-of-government working group that was put in place for the development of the agreement has now been transformed into an implementation group, so every element of the ACT government is represented in monitoring implementation. That is chaired by my directorate, and the purpose of it is to ensure that we identify opportunities for further activity in carrying out implementation of the action items under the agreement.

Ms Gallagher: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Reports 15 and 14

MS LE COUTEUR: Pursuant to standing order 254A as chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts I request an explanation from relevant ministers concerning government responses to two reports of the committee. Firstly, I request an explanation from the Chief Minister concerning the government’s response to committee report 15 inquiring into the ACT Auditor-General’s Act 1996.

Secondly, I request an explanation from the Minister for Economic Development concerning the government’s response to committee report 14, Interim report, review of Auditor-General’s report No 6 of 2009, government office accommodation.

MS GALLAGHER: I can answer the first part of that question. Indeed, I wrote to the committee advising them that the government’s response would be delayed.

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