Page 3923 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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spent. The additional probity related to spending further reinforces procurement principles, including value for money.

This legislation is, in effect, on the back of legislation that I moved in the previous Assembly. Furthermore, the extension of reporting obligations to property, reimbursements and act of grace payments will capture spending that otherwise is difficult to determine or infrequently reported.

Canberrans are paying more and getting less, and they are seeing their hard-earned money being spent on causes that they may not necessarily agree with. But the public do have a right to scrutinise how their money is being spent, and by strengthening the legislation this bill brings greater financial integrity to the ACT government. These amendments are reasonable and are extensions of current processes within the ACT government administration. This bill holds the government to account and ensures greater integrity and transparency in the territory’s finances. I urge the Assembly to support this important bill.

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


MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.09): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the important contribution that businesses in Mitchell make to the ACT economy and the considerable amount of revenue collected by Government from Mitchell traders through rates, payroll tax and other fees and charges; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) construct a light rail stop at Mitchell;

(b) explore what compensation can be offered to businesses severely impacted by the construction of light rail;

(c) construct additional all day car parking in Mitchell (especially for workers on the eastern side of Mitchell);

(d) detail how Mitchell will be serviced by buses following the operation of light rail;

(e) include Mitchell on a regular schedule for street sweeping;

(f) improve the urban services delivered in Mitchell, such as footpath and streetlight maintenance; and

(g) undertake consultation with businesses in Mitchell about implementing urgent minor capital works in the public realm.

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