Page 2531 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 6 August 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all director-general and executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 4 June 2013. Today I present 41 long-term contracts, 57 short-term contracts, and 37 contract variations. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

For the information of members, during the winter recess I became aware that a number of contracts were, in my opinion, overdue for tabling. Although the Public Sector Management Act does not specify tabling time frames, I have reminded the Head of Service about ensuring that contracts are tabled in a timely way. I have asked for processes to be put in place to prevent delays from occurring in the future. By the end of this sitting fortnight, all overdue current contracts will be tabled.

Cost of living pressures—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Cost of living pressures—Government response, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 28 November 2012.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Today I am tabling the government response to the Assembly resolution on cost of living pressures. The Assembly passed the cost of living pressures motion on 28 November last year. This resolution called on the government to note that the territory has many Canberrans experiencing real financial hardship, that the use of renewable energy and sustainable transport options will provide savings for Canberrans, and the benefits to Canberrans from tax reforms announced in the 2012-13 budget.

In response to this resolution the government was asked to report back to the Assembly on the issues raised. The government provides a range of targeted assistance measures and concessions to Canberrans to help them meet the everyday costs of living. In 2012 the government released the targeted assistance strategy. Of the 34 recommendations put forward in this strategy, 18 have already been implemented or are in the process of being implemented.

The government is committed to reducing Canberra’s reliance on fossil fuels. The ACT has implemented the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets of any jurisdiction in Australia. The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act

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