Page 472 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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Not everybody can drive. There simply is not the physical space around Manuka Oval. I can assure you that if we start trying to do that, the residents in that area are going to be onto Mr Doszpot, complaining about that. We see it already with some of the games. I have received complaints about people parking on median strips during AFL matches and the like. It is just not okay for people to be parking on the median strip. It damages the trees; it is unsightly.

These are the sorts of issues that the government needs to try and balance. Rather than simply saying that we can have an expectation that everyone can drive there, I think we need to try and take an alternative approach. That is why I support the amendment that has been brought forward by Mr Barr. He has identified some of those necessities.

On the issue of the catering, clearly there was a problem. Mr Barr’s amendment acknowledges that and indicates the alternative work that has been in place to ensure that does not happen in the future. Frankly, at a limited-over international match you do not want to spend six or 10 overs standing in the queue waiting to get refreshments. I think that the observations made in Mr Barr’s amendment reasonably acknowledge that it did not work as well as it should have at the Prime Minister’s XI. Steps were taken to make improvements for the one-day international, but there is work being done to make more permanent improvements at Manuka Oval as the oval is upgraded.

On that basis, I will be supporting the amendment moved by Mr Barr.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.29 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Auditor-General—audit findings

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the Auditor-General’s report on 2011-12 financial audits noted:

Agencies resolved … 55 percent of previously reported audit findings. This is significantly less than the … 66 percent resolved in 2010-11.

Chief Minister, can you explain to the Assembly why your government resolved only 55 per cent of audit findings from the previous year?

MS GALLAGHER: Financial audits usually sit within the purview of the Treasurer but I can provide some information. With all audits—I can come back more specifically to the question that Mr Hanson has asked—and in all the audits that I deal with there is usually a rolling process of implementing audits. The agencies and directorates take a lot of notice, as do ministers, of audit findings and completing audit recommendations. As they complete recommendations there are usually a whole range of new recommendations that come through from the next audit.

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