Page 4014 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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weeks or months; they must have been under consideration and discussion for some time.

Why were the parents of 2012 enrollees not considered? Why were they ignored? Why does this government always turn education issues into such warfare? They did not consult over school closures; they are not consulting with the community, or indeed this Assembly, over changes to tertiary education. They cannot seem to negotiate harmoniously with teachers over pay and attendance records. And now they have upset a whole new set of parents with a cavalier attitude to preschool changes.

I thank the parents who drew this issue to my attention. I recognise their support for this issue and their petition by their presence in the public gallery here today.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 42

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 42, dated 15 September 2011, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 42 contains the committee’s comments on six bills, 40 pieces of subordinate legislation and five government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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 the committee’s inquiry into Auditor-General’s report No 6 of 2009: Government office accommodation.

Auditor-General’s report No 6 of 2009 presented the results of a performance audit that reviewed whether ACT government office accommodation had been strategically managed in an efficient and effective manner. The audit specifically focused on the strategic planning and the management processes, and the compliance with requirements specified in the whole-of-government accommodation strategy.

The committee resolved to inquire further into the audit report, firstly on the basis that the management and delivery of government office accommodation are an important public sector issue. This includes the fact that in some jurisdictions government office accommodation can form the second highest recurrent cost component for government agencies and departments after employee costs; the fact that government

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