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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Statement by Chair

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a brief statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure in response to the resolution of the Assembly of 29 October which referred a proposed new standing order to refer certain petitions to the relevant standing committee to the committee for its consideration.

The Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure discussed the proposal, which would automatically refer petitions containing over 500 signatures to the relevant standing committee of the Assembly. It noted that there may be an impact on the requirements for a minister to respond to a petition within three months should a committee decide to conduct an inquiry into the petition, but the committee supported the proposed new standing order. I thank members.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 21

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.02): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 21—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No. 5 of 2014: Capital Works Reporting, dated 18 November 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This is a report, again from the Auditor-General, that was delivered to the Assembly in 2014. We received it on 27 June. The committee had a briefing from the Auditor-General in September 2014. We did not receive a government response to the report until September 2015, more than a year after we had the briefing from the Auditor-General. This was one of the reports that got caught up in the government’s changing, without them telling anybody, of the way they would deal with Auditor-General’s reports and respond to them.

In the main, the government said that they accepted the recommendations and had started to progress them. With that in mind, given the length of time and the fact that the government had said they agreed with all the recommendations and were implementing them, the committee has taken the view that what we would like is a report, by the last sitting day in May, of the progress that the government has made on

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