Page 1189 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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On 14 February 2012 the ACT Greens presented the Commissioner for the Environment Amendment Bill 2012. The Government is considering the Commissioner’s Report in the light of the review and this Bill which proposes amendments similar but not identical to recommendations made in the Commissioner’s Report.

(2) Under the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993 the only requirement placed upon the Government to respond to a report prepared by the Commissioner is in regard to the State of the Environment report.

On 29 March 2011, the Minister wrote to the Commissioner for the Environment thanking her for the report and advising that the Government has already commenced action on several initiatives relevant to the recommendations in the report, such as the establishment of sustainability Data Management System across Government, and the development of the Carbon Neutral ACT Government Framework.

The Government (Chief Minister) tabled the Commissioner’s Audit/Assessment of the ACT Government Agencies’ Environmental Performance Reporting on

6 December 2011. It was done as part of the government response to the public Accounts Committee report on Performance Reporting.

The Government notes that the report in question is currently available to the public on the Commissioner for the Environment’s website.

(3) The Government tabled its response to the Commissioner’s tree investigation report in February 2012 and agreed or agreed in principle with 40 of the 44 recommendations and sub-recommendations.

(4) The Commissioner’s Investigation Report on Canberra Nature Park, Molonglo River Corridor and Googong Foreshores Reserve raises a number of complex issues. The Government is considering the report in detail with the aim of providing a whole-of-government response by mid 2012.

Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate—annual report
(Question No 1997)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 14 February 2012:

(1) In relation to the 2010-11 annual report of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, why was the annual report design and layout and font size and colour so poor as to be difficult to read, particularly for sight-impaired people, but even for people with full sight capacity.

(2) What is the Directorate’s strategy in terms of the design of next year’s annual report.

(3) In relation to financial statements, payables, note 26, page 145, what was the ageing of payable as to (a) current, for example, within terms of trade, (b) overdue by 30 days, (c) overdue 30-60 days, (d) overdue 60-90 days and (e) overdue more than 90 days.

(4) What is the average time taken after receipt of creditors invoices for them to be entered onto the accounting system.

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