Page 1657 - Week 05 - Thursday, 5 May 2016

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The committee again took the approach that, having been briefed by the Auditor-General, they had sufficient information to write a report, which we have done. There are four recommendations. The first one looks at the budgeted deficit and the timetable for the return to surplus. The financial report made some commentary on the state of the budget. Recommendations 2, 3 and 4 look mainly at computer systems. For instance, in recommendation 2 the committee recommended:

… that ACT Government directorates and agencies should ensure the provision of complete statements of performance and full disclosure as required by the Financial Management Act 1996.

Recommendation 3 was:

… that ACT Government directorates and agencies should ensure complete reporting with all compliance requirements as specified in the Annual Report Directions.

There were some deficiencies there. Recommendation 4 was:

… that the ACT Government utilise the one-ACT Public Service framework to ensure that unresolved audit findings (relating to environmental controls for information technology) that require a whole-of-government approach are promptly and appropriately addressed.

As I said, these are issues that have been reported on before over a number of years. It is important to get it right. We had questions today about data in government systems, so the problem is not going away.

Madam Deputy Speaker, again I thank members for their participation—you, Ms Lawder and Mr Hinder, and at some stages Ms Porter, and possibly Ms Fitzharris was also on the committee. There have been a few changes. I thank Dr Cullen, Greg Hall and Lydia for their support in delivering the report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Amendment Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 7 April 2016, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.22): The Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Act 2014 looked to put in place lifetime treatment and care for those catastrophically injured at work, covered by the Workers Compensation Act

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