Page 319 - Week 01 - Thursday, 27 February 2014

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We are pursuing these reforms in line with our fundamental commitments to equality, opportunity, fairness, safety and dignity. With these values firmly in mind, the government will continue to make Canberra an even better place in which to live, work and invest.


Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Gene Technology Act, pursuant to subsection 136A(3)—Operations of the Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report—1 April to 30 June 2013, dated 26 September 2013.

Mr Barr presented the following paper:

Financial Management Act—Instruments, including a statement of reasons, pursuant to section 18A—Authorisation of expenditure from the Treasurer’s Advance to the Legal Aid Commission (ACT), dated 14 February 2014.

Bushfire preparedness—government submission

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Inquiry—Auditor-General’s Report 5/2013—Bushfire Preparedness—Government submission.

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

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Today I have tabled the government’s submission to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts inquiry into the Auditor-General’s audit report of July 2013 on the ACT’s bushfire preparedness. The government welcomed the release of this audit report which praises the framework the government has in place for bushfire preparedness.

The Auditor-General found that the legislation the government has in place, as well as the strategic bushfire management plan and bushfire operational plans, effectively provide the framework needed to manage the risk of bushfires in the ACT. It provides us with an assurance that the ACT Emergency Services Agency staff and volunteers are working well to ensure they are ready to respond to, and that the community is prepared for, bushfires which will inevitably occur. The Auditor-General’s report also provides the government with recommendations on where improvements can be made, which the government welcomes.

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