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Thursday, 10 April 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 3

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.02): Pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2012-2013, dated April 2014, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Madam Speaker, as you know inquiries into annual reports are a fundamental part of the parliament’s scrutiny of the executive. The report I have just tabled is concerned with annual reports for the 2012-13 financial year. The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services had two annual reports referred to it: the Community Services Directorate annual report and the Health Directorate annual report.

As with all such inquiries, the committee has examined both the content of these annual reports and the documents themselves to assess their adherence to the government’s annual report guidelines. I will direct my remarks firstly to subjects covered in the Community Services Directorate and Health Directorate reports and then comment on some matters of presentation and future directions of annual reports.

The Community Services Directorate, more commonly referred to as CSD, supports ministers with a wide range of portfolios. They are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, housing, ageing, community services policy, women, multicultural affairs, disability, children and young people, and the arts.

The committee examined all but the arts portfolio, which is referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs. The reason for this portfolio allocation between committees is not readily apparent. The committee believes that there are good practical reasons to change it and we have recommended that the Assembly review portfolio allocations between committees.

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