Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 16 February 2017) . . Page.. 596 ..
I responded by saying that the incoming government brief did not contain such information, but I had noted in my answer to the previous question that I would go back and check the incoming government brief. I can confirm that the data section in the brief did not contain any information concerning national funding payments to the ACT, which is consistent with my answer yesterday.
I can further advise that the brief did contain a reference to the late delivery of data to the AIHW due to pre-existing problems with data collection. As I have said before, I was made aware of these difficulties last year. The brief noted that data had not been provided for two reports, Mental health services in Australia, released on 14 October, during the caretaker period, and a report on better cardiac care measures for Indigenous people, which was subsequently published in November 2016. The brief also noted that this may impact on ACT Health’s contribution to ROGS and that the directorate was negotiating a revised deadline for the submission of data. As I have said previously, I was formally advised we had missed that deadline when I returned from leave on 6 February this year.
ACT government campaign advertising
Appointment of independent reviewer
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (12.10): I move:
That, in accordance with section 12 of the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009, this Assembly approves the appointment of:
(1) Professor Dennis Pearce AO as the Independent Reviewer—ACT Government Campaign Advertising for a period of three years commencing on Monday, 20 March 2017; and
(2) in instances when the Independent Reviewer is unavailable to review proposed government campaign advertising, Mr Derek Volker AO as Alternate Independent Reviewer—ACT Government Campaign Advertising for a period of three years commencing on Monday, 20 March 2017.
I am presenting the option for the Assembly to reappoint Professor Dennis Pearce AO as the Independent Reviewer—ACT Government Campaign Advertising in accordance with clause 12(4) of the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009. For the benefit of members, Professor Pearce was appointed as independent reviewer in March 2014. In addition I nominate Mr Derek Volker AO to be reappointed as alternate reviewer who can be called upon to scrutinise ACT government advertising campaigns if Professor Pearce is unavailable. Mr Volker was appointed as the first independent reviewer in February 2011 and as the alternate reviewer in March 2014.
Both nominees have performed the duties of the position with the highest integrity and professionalism. Their joint experience, diligence, thoughtful advice and responsiveness during their tenures have been invaluable to the people of the ACT.