Page 473 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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As to whether there are specific reasons why a certain amount were not finished within that reporting period, I will take some further advice on it. I do not have it before me at this point in time.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, can you please explain why your government has allowed the percentage of audit findings which were unresolved to increase from the 2011 financial year to 2012?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. I am sure there is a reasonable explanation for it, and I will come back to you. I think, from the advice before me, agencies’ compliance with the whole-of-government reporting timetable improved, with 90 per cent compliance in 2011-12 compared to 74 per cent in 2010-11.

Mr Smyth: You are reading from the wrong brief.

MS GALLAGHER: I have got some advice here, Mr Smyth. Occasionally when questions get asked I do like to be helpful and answer the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister will answer the question.

Members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: I try more than you deserve. Let us just leave it at that. I try more than you deserve but there are—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, deserving or not is not the issue.

MS GALLAGHER: That is right. I have had to get above that. But I would say that we take Auditor-General’s reports very seriously. We do, as individual ministers, take advice around completed audits, and I certainly know, from all the audits that pass my desk, I look at the number of urgent recommendations and how they are progressing, the new audit findings and how they are progressing, and it is the same with the financial audits.

I guess what I feel Mr Hanson is suggesting is that we are not taking these seriously and we are not implementing good practice, and that is not the case. But as to the specifics of the question, there will be a reasonable answer and I will provide it to you.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, why were 38 of the 2011 audit findings not even partially resolved in the 2012 year?

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