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Legislation program—2012

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program 2012.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I am pleased to present the government’s 2012 legislation program. As this parliamentary year will be shortened by the election in October there will be one government legislation program covering both the autumn and spring sittings.

The 2012 program will continue to implement a number of the government’s priorities, with a focus on openness, accountability, delivering a more liveable and sustainable city, helping those most in need, and improving the safety of all Canberrans.

The government has a record of supporting and welcoming greater openness and accountability measures for government. Indeed, since becoming Chief Minister, just a couple of the initiatives that have commenced include the open government website and Twitter cabinet. The government will continue its pursuit of measures to improve how we provide information to the community and measures to enhance our accountability as governments adapt to the changing nature of public administration into the 21st century.

Additionally, the government will introduce a bill to implement the government’s agreed recommendations from the public accounts committee inquiry into the Auditor-General Act 1996. These agreed recommendations include designation of the Auditor-General as an officer of the parliament. They also provide for the audit of non-government organisations in certain circumstances so that the Auditor-General can audit funded activities of government.

The government will introduce improvements to the public interest disclosure process through a rewrite of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994. The Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2012 will implement recommendations from the whistling while they work project, introduce improvements at every stage of the public interest disclosure process, and extend the reach of the legislation to cover members of the Legislative Assembly.

To clarify the law for duties, the government will introduce the Duties Amendment Bill 2012 to amend the Duties Act 1999 to clarify the appropriate value associated with the transfer of a land rent lease for the purpose of assessing duty. This will

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