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Parliament House
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BRISBANE QLD 4000

Committee Membership

The membership of this committee at 19 May 2009, when a bill was passed in the House amending the Parliament Of Queensland Act 2001 to merge the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Works Committee into a single committee entitled the Public Accounts and Public Works Committee, was:

Mr Wayne Wendt MP, Chair, Member for Ipswich West
Mr Ian Rickuss MP, Deputy Chair, Member for Lockyer
Mr Michael Crandon MP, Member for Coomera
Ms Dianne Farmer MP, Member for Bulimba
Mr Ray Hopper MP, Member for Condamine
Ms Mary-Anne O'Neill MP, Member for Kallangur
Mrs Christine Smith MP, Member for Burleigh

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committees of the 45th - 53rd Parliaments, and was discharged on the 19 May 2009.

 

The Public Accounts Committee was an all-party committee of the Queensland Parliament. The committee was established under the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001, which gave the committee its powers and functions.

The committee’s area of responsibility under the Act were to examine and report on — 

  1. public works undertaken by a constructing authority for the work if the committee decided to consider the work; and
  2. any major Government Owned Corporation (GOC) work if the committee decided to consider the work.

The committee endeavoured to ensure that Queenslanders received value from the government’s capital works program. To this end, it routinely conducted inquiries into a range of projects throughout the state at different stages from inception to post completion, of various costs and in all portfolio areas. 

The Act gave the committee certain powers to ensure it could fulfil its responsibilities. These included the power to call for persons, documents and other things and powers dealing with entry to and inspection of a public work. 

The committee was not part of the formal project approval process and it was not involved in the tendering process or the awarding of contracts. Inquiries on those matters should have been directed to the constructing authority or GOC.

On 19 May 2009, a bill was passed in the House amending the Parliament Of Queensland Act 2001 to merge the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Works Committee into a single committee entitled the Public Accounts and Public Works Committee.