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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 23 February 1995



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 23 February 1995

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Parliamentary Record 8


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Thursday 23 February 1995 This is a subject in respect of which there are more complaints from business than in relation to any other area. It relates to the matter of contracts and how they operate, who got what etc. We felt that the legislation should require the Procurement Review Boards to table a report in the Legislative Assembly within 6 sittings days of 30 June each year. Mr STONE: Mr Chairman, I assure the Leader of the Opposition that the performance and functions of Procurement Review Boards will be included in the annual report of the Department of Industries and Development, thus making this amendment unnecessary. I will ensure that it is brought to the attention of officers that a separate portion of the report will be devoted to this. That will save the expense of 2 separate reports. Given that procurement is now back with the Ministry of Industries and Development, it appears that, as a matter of commonsense, that should be reported on in the context of that departments annual report. Mr EDE: Mr Chairman, the opposition accepts the assurances of the honourable minister. Amendment negatived. Clause 6 agreed to. Clauses 7 and 8 agreed to. Clause 9: Mr EDE: Mr Chairman, I move amendment 21.3. Mr Chairman, as I mentioned earlier, the bill provides an exemption power. There are reasons for this, but it is a very substantial power. Clause 5 states: The minister may, in writing, exempt an accountable officer from the need to comply with a provision of this a c t ... That would mean that the accountable officer does not have to comply with the provisions. Clause 9, certificate of exemption relating to inviting tenders, states: (1) Where the minister is satisfied that it is expedient to invite tenders in accordance with this act, the minister may dispense with all or specific requirements o f this act relating to tenders by the issue o f a certificate o f exemption. (2) Where a certificate o f exemption is issued under subsection (I), the requirements or the specified requirements o f this act, as the case may be, need not be complied with. We have a piece of legislation that sets out an excellent way of doing business. However, it also includes this exemption power that allows people not to comply with any of it. Circumstances happen. I recall the honourable Treasurer referring on one occasion to large reels of copper wire. I believe that was the example he used. A big project reached a certain point. These reels are worth around $60 000 or $70 000 each. 2709

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