Page 3994 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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Tuggeranong arts is required to be independently audited each and every year as part of the annual reporting to artsACT.

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MS BURCH: That has not raised any concerns to artsACT.

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MS BURCH: I ask that you also bring Mr Doszpot to order, Madam Speaker. He continues to interject.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, I do the calling to order.

MS BURCH: I have asked. Whether you choose to or not is certainly your prerogative.

MADAM SPEAKER: I hear you. You are answering the question.

MS BURCH: They have not raised any concern with the independent audit. As to the fact that an official was asked to be present at the meeting yesterday, I will certainly take feedback from him. From my point of my view now, they are internal matters to that organisation.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will the ACT government undertake an audit of the acquittal of the expenditure of ACT government grant funds which are, in effect, taxpayers’ dollars?

MS BURCH: As an agency that has a contract with artsACT, part of its annual reporting and compliance is an independent audit report done each and every year, and that has been complied with.


MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. Minister, the “A place to call home” program was one of the four core outputs of the national partnership agreement on homelessness, representing approximately 48 per cent of overall initial funding in the ACT. Minister, an audit of the national partnership agreement on homelessness by the ACT Auditor-General indicates that there was poor financial record keeping and misreporting of buildings within this program. Minister, why was the Auditor-General unable to determine the actual expenditure on this program?

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, the Auditor-General did conduct that audit earlier this year and identified a number of problems that were present in record keeping. That is a matter of public record. I would note that the Community Services Directorate, Housing ACT, accepted all of the recommendations from the Auditor-General, and changes are now being implemented to ensure that those matters are followed through.

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