Page 1302 - Week 04 - Thursday, 21 March 2013

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combination of police enforcement and public education campaigns is an effective measure as many drivers are more concerned about being penalised and having to deal with the consequences than being involved in a road crash.

The penalties in the ACT for “hoon” driving, such as racing and burnouts, include vehicle impoundment and confiscation. There are also automatic driver licence disqualification provisions for these types of offences.

Auditor-General—audit findings

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question by Mr Hanson and a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Wednesday, 13 February 2013): The Government has put in place processes by which audit findings are actively monitored. This role is overseen by Directors-General, and carried out by agency internal audit committees which regularly review progress towards resolving findings and makes recommendations to management.

There are many reasons why audit findings are not resolved from year to year, for example an audit finding may require a system upgrade and recommendations may involve third parties who are beyond the actual control of the agency.

Reasons why some audit findings were partially resolved or not resolved include:

• findings may not be agreed to by the agency or by Government due to other adequate mechanisms beings in place to address audit findings;

• findings also may not be agreed to by the agency or by Government on the grounds of cost/benefit or operational reasons;

• many audit recommendations relate to Information Communication and Technology (ICT) systems which generally takes longer to address due to the complexity, resources and sometimes the involvement of a third party.

o some ICT findings are currently being worked out with the Shared Services Directorate.

• the upgrade of Oracle to Release 12, which is expected to go live at the end of this calendar year, is expected to improve cross validation of agency accounts and other audit findings;

• as in the example of Release 12, there are some systems that that are currently in the process of being upgraded or soon to be upgraded. The upgrade of some systems will address some of the outstanding audit findings; and

• some findings take longer than a year to complete and implement due to reviews and agreements needing to take place prior to actioning the recommendation.

Trees—Kingston Foreshore

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to supplementary questions by Mrs Jones on Thursday, 14 February 2013): Under the Tree Protection Act 2005 (the Act), trees placed on the

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