Page 3600 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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Mr Coe interjecting—

MR BARR: The interjection from the Deputy Leader of the Opposition pretty well sums up the position of the Liberal Party. They opposed this budget appropriation. They did not support the funding for this project. Let us be clear about that. The absolute hypocrisy to be now asking questions about why certain groups cannot access a project they never supported is stunning. But given the position and the absolute lack of interest in sport and recreation facilities in Tuggeranong from those opposite, it does not surprise me at all.

Government—executive contracts

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health. In August and September 2013, you tabled noncompliant executive contracts, many of which were unsigned and undated; in some cases, contracts were missing. Over 45 executives had commenced work prior to signing a contract. On 15 August you said:

I will provide an update to the Assembly when I am next tabling contracts on the changes that have been put in place to ensure this is the last time the government has to report its officials have failed to comply with the Public Sector Management Act.

Over a month later, on 19 September 2013, you presented a new set of executive contracts. One contract was undated, many contracts had schedules missing, one had no start date, and in one case the executive worked for 209 days without a signed contract. There was no update on actions taken to fix the problem as promised by you. How many more contracts will the minister table that are not compliant with the PSM Act?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. Was it as Minister for Health or as Chief Minister?

Mr Doszpot: Minister for Health.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that the question should be directed to the Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: I was just trying to understand if there was a problem with health executive contracts or if it was the executive contract issue more broadly. I think I did update the Assembly, because I did answer a number of questions in question time about how we were going back and having a look at contracts that had not been tabled, and trying to clean up what seems to have been a breakdown in procedure over many years. So in that sense I feel that I have tried to keep the Assembly up to date with what we are doing.

In relation to the question you raise, the issue about compliance with the tabling of executive contracts, I think, has been improved and has been tightened up. I think I have got some more today—if not today, on Thursday—to make sure that we are

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