Page 977 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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Public Accounts—Standing Committee (Seventh Assembly)—Report 28—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 5 of 2011: 2010-11 Financial Audits—Government response.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: It gives me very great pleasure to present the government’s response to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts review of Auditor-General’s report No 5 of 2011 entitled The 2010-11 financial audits. I note that the recommendations in the committee’s report relate to the compliance of the audit timetable provided by the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, the timing of administrative arrangements, assessment of information technology system controls and agency analysis of audit recommendations.

In light of previous audit comments and outcomes, the majority of these recommendations have already been actioned or are currently being actioned by agencies. The government’s response agrees to two recommendations, notes one, and notes one on the basis that existing processes and procedures are already in place to address these recommendations.

However, the government does not agree to recommendation 2, that the implementation of major alterations to the responsibilities of directorates be aligned with the end of financial year reporting period. We do not agree with this because this would constrain the Chief Minister’s ability to configure portfolio responsibilities to meet the government’s priorities in a timely manner. I commend the paper to the Assembly.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Proposals for reform of double jeopardy laws—Stakeholder submissions to ACT Director of Public Prosecutions—Issues Paper.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


Motion (by Mr Hanson) agreed to:

That Mr Coe be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for its meeting on 19 March 2013 and Mr Seselja be appointed in his place.

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