Page 471 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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(2) further notes:

(a) the ACT Public Service provides an important role in implementing and delivering on the Government’s commitments;

(b) the ACT Public Service is appropriately responsible for tracking, reporting and providing communication options on all Government commitments, including Parliamentary Agreement items;

(c) effective tracking and reporting on these items is essential to ensuring transparency and accountability on the Government’s commitments to the community; and

(d) the Head of Service is appropriately required, as part of her duties, to facilitate the implementation and reporting of all Government priorities, be they election commitments, budget initiatives or Parliamentary Agreement items; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue to focus on delivering the health, education, public transport, renewable energy and economic outcomes set out in the Agreement and the Government’s wider election commitments;

(b) ensure that regular, objective tracking and review of the commitments contained within the current Agreement continues; and

(c) make an annual public statement on progress against the Agreement commitments.”.

Madam Speaker, Canberrans overwhelmingly supported the government’s positive and progressive platform that we took to the October 2016 election. I am very pleased that ACT Labor and the ACT Greens were able to subsequently develop and release our shared policy agenda through the parliamentary agreement for the 9th Legislative Assembly. This agreement builds on the positive outcomes of previous agreements and reflects the clear and optimistic future that Canberrans voted for.

Effective and objective reporting on these items is essential to ensuring transparency and accountability as a government and to the community. The ACT public service provides a critical role in delivering on the government’s commitments. The ability to track commitments is essential to ensure that we are delivering on our promises to Canberrans. The ACT public service is, and will continue to be, a non-partisan entity in accordance with public sector values. It will rightly continue to provide support to the government of the day so that it can deliver on its commitments to the community.

It is essential that the ACT public service remains apolitical and is accountable when supporting ministers to deliver their promises to their constituents. To meet these obligations, the ACT public service tracks progress against all government commitments, including the parliamentary agreement, to ensure that the government is meeting its obligations and commitments to the people of the ACT. It is vital that we track our progress in delivering these commitments over the coming years and report on this progress.

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