Page 3918 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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Ms Gallagher: Why do you even turn up in the morning, Jeremy? Just leave it all to the commonwealth.

MR HANSON: Well, it does appear ironic, doesn’t it, that in this case the minister is writing to the Prime Minister because she thinks things are best dealt with by the commonwealth in this instance, to avoid inconsistencies through the states. It is ironic, Mr Assistant Speaker, I think.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Election Commitments Costing Act

Papers 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 papers:

Election Commitments Costing Act—

Review, prepared by ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra for the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate.

Government response.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: The Election Commitments Costing Act 2012 required that a review be undertaken of the operation of the act after the costing period for the 2012 ACT election, with the review to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the last sitting day in October 2013. In accordance with the requirements of the act, I present today the review of the Election Commitments Costing Act 2012 and supporting guidelines.

To ensure the independence and veracity of the review, it was undertaken by an external reviewer with expertise in governance within a government framework. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Australia and New Zealand School of Government—ANZSOG—Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra for undertaking the review and welcome the findings of the review.

The government’s initiative to formalise a robust framework for the costing of election commitments in the territory demonstrated its commitment to the community to an open and transparent process for election commitment costings. We recognise that it is important during an election that the roles and responsibilities of public servants and political parties be clear and unambiguous, and for government directorates to be non-partisan and objective. We consider that the act allowed Treasury and political parties to have a shared understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each body during the 2012 election period.

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