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public here. My proposal today seeks to build on those initiatives in a way that brings the public further into the Assembly and even into the chamber itself. Each time we do that, we are saying to our community, “Yes, we represent you, and we also value your participation in our Assembly.”

I understand that this matter will also be referred to the administration and procedure committee. I am quite comfortable with that. I am happy for members to have some further discussion about this, given that there is evidently not the support to put it straight through today. As we discussed on the previous matter, it is quite common for the administration and procedure committee to have a look at these sorts of things.

I look forward to the discussion on this, and I commend my motion to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


Motion (by Mr Smyth), by leave, agreed to:

That the order of the day in relation to proposed amendments to the standing orders relating to matters of public importance be referred to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for inquiry and report.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 15

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.35): I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 15—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No. 1 of 2013: Care and Protection System, dated 24 September 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Auditor-General’s report No 1 of 2013 on care and protection systems was presented to the Legislative Assembly on 7 March 2013. In accordance with the resolution of the appointment of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts the report was automatically referred to the committee for examination.

The committee has taken some time with this report. In response to a request from the committee, the government gave a submission on 12 June 2013 and at the time the responsible minister provided updates on the progress of implementation of recommendations in August 2014 and again in May 2015. Following receipt of those, the committee has finalised its report, and there are six recommendations.

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