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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 June 2016) . . Page.. 1867 ..

It provides the means for us to continue to improve our regulatory process for business. Reducing red tape and continuously improving the experience for business is part of the government’s ongoing strategy for making our city a great place to do business. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Public Sector Management Amendment Bill 2016

Mr Barr, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (5.06): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The legislation that establishes the public sector and the public service is, of course, the cornerstone by which the government operates. It is in accordance with this legislation that the government provides Canberrans with access to high quality services and engages and employs those who deliver these services. As the ACT economy grows, so does the government’s ability to deliver high quality services to Canberra citizens. It is vitally important that we have the best arrangements for structuring the public sector to provide these services.

In order for the government to deliver on its objectives and to provide the best possible services to the ACT community, it is vital that this governing legislation continues to be relevant and continues to be up to date.

The government has for some time considered that the Public Sector Management Act requires updating. In 2011 Dr Alan Hawke AC recommended the repeal and replacement of the Public Sector Management Act in the Governing the city state: one ACT government—one ACT public service report. And in recent times—

Mr Coe: Whatever happened to that directorate structure?

MR BARR: It is largely enacted. And in recent times a number of other Australian jurisdictions—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Conversation, conversation. Have that outside.

MR BARR: In recent times a number of other Australian jurisdictions have modernised the legislative basis for their public services.

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