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strange that there is not. Part of the reason the previous Liberal government set up Canberra Connect was to make it easier for people to approach the government either to get assistance or to find satisfaction. More than a decade after the setting up of Canberra Connect it is a shame that we do not have an across-government policy of this nature.

In recommendation 2 we have asked the government to respond to PAC on the 10-point plan. We have also said in recommendation 3 that, by the last sitting day in October 2010, the Assembly get an update on the progress and effectiveness of the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate’s implementation of the Auditor-General’s recommendations that have been accepted either in whole or in part. It is timely that when we get recommendations from the auditor the directorates report back through their ministers to this place so that we know that they are actually being carried out by the government.

The final recommendation is what has become almost standard operating procedure. We recommend that the government ensure that all directorates and ACT agencies make sure that the recommendations of the Auditor-General are appropriately monitored and addressed under the new structure so that they do not slip through the cracks, so it is not simply a case of “yes, we agree to that” but then we never do anything about it. That said, it was an interesting review. I commend the report to members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (10.18): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to the election of a new deputy chair of the committee. I wish to inform the Assembly that Mr Brendan Smyth MLA wrote to me as chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts tendering his resignation as deputy chair of the committee. In accordance with the standing orders, Mr Smyth’s resignation would take effect when a replacement deputy chair had been elected at the next full meeting of the committee. I seek leave to table Mr Smyth’s resignation letter, dated 5 July 2011, as received by the public accounts committee.

Leave granted.

MS LE COUTEUR: I table the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Resignation of Deputy Chair—Letter from Mr Smyth, dated 5 July 2011.

An election for a new deputy chair was held on 5 August 2011. Mr John Hargreaves MLA was nominated, accepted the nomination and was elected unopposed as deputy chair of the committee.

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