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hearings did elicit the information that there are no dedicated staff in the disability policy unit within the CSD. Given this, I very much look forward to a briefing about the role, scope and priorities of this office, as per recommendation 1 of the report which Mr Steel has just tabled. At a time when they are in transition, when the disability support sector is in flux, this needs to be a priority.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 1

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.13): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016, dated 11 May 2017, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I want to start by thanking the members of the Assembly and the public servants who participated in the inquiry, as well as the members of the committee and the committee secretariat for putting the report together.

The report makes five recommendations that cover a number of areas. The first recommendation goes to the carve-up of responsibilities between the economic development and tourism committee and the public accounts committee, which has not yet been as clean and as neat as it should be. There is a recommendation in relation to that for the administration and procedure committee to look at.

The second recommendation is similar to one that has been made in the past: that agencies and directorates should ensure complete reporting with all compliance requirements as specified in the annual report directions. Recommendation 3 relates to local ICT contractors being encouraged to tender for and provide services to the ACT public service.

Recommendation 4 asks that Icon Water provide a strategic plan for the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline both on its website and in its annual report. It is interesting to note, to use the phrase of one of the Icon officials, that the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline, something that cost the ACT taxpayer in excess of $80 million, has never been fired up in anger.

The most important recommendation in this report, Madam Speaker, which has been the subject of some correspondence between you and me, is a recommendation that the Auditor-General Act be amended as soon as possible to reinstate the appointment provisions which were embarrassingly deleted and which was highlighted by the strategic review of 2016 and recommended by the previous public accounts committee.

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