Speaker farewells ACT Auditor-General

Ian Bushnell 8 August 2018 2

The Legislative Assembly. Dr Maxine Cooper has scrutinised Government and public service administration for the past seven years. File photo.

Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly Joy Burch MLA farewelled the ACT Auditor-General, Dr Maxine Cooper, in a ceremony at the Assembly on Monday (6 August).

The Speaker, Joy Burch, and Dr Cooper were joined by Senior Executives of the ACT Public Service, the staff of the ACT Audit Office and Dr Cooper’s close family and friends.

Dr Maxine Cooper was appointed as the ACT Auditor-General for the Territory in 2011 for a fixed term of seven years, with her term finishing on Tuesday (7 August).

Before being appointed as the ACT Auditor-General, Dr Cooper was the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and the Head of the ACT Water Security Taskforce.

Dr Cooper has held many senior executive roles in the ACT Government as well as other Australian jurisdictions, and the private sector.

Dr Maxine Cooper.

Over her seven-year term as Auditor-General, Dr Cooper made a significant contribution to the administration and public accountability of the Territory, often being a thorn in the side of the Government of the day.

Her investigations included Government land deals, hospital management, water pricing, school performance and other important issues that highlighted deficiencies in administration that often embarrassed public officials and governments.

In 2015, she became the centre of controversy herself when Professionals Australia called on her to resign after documents revealed her office shut down an investigation into a whistleblower’s public interest disclosure about the enlarging of the Cotter Dam days after it opened without telling the man who blew the whistle.

The Speaker wished Dr Cooper the very best in her future endeavours.

Director of Financial Audits and Chief Finance Officer, Ajay Sharma will be acting Auditor-General for up to six months while a recruitment process is conducted.

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2 Responses to Speaker farewells ACT Auditor-General
Ian Ian 10:13 pm 08 Aug 18

Strange that her replacement wasn’t already lined up before the expiry of her term?

bj_ACT bj_ACT 3:38 pm 08 Aug 18

The Auditor General for ACT will be sorely missed. She shined a light on areas the ACT Government wanted to keep in the dark from residents.

Let’s hope her replacement is up for the fight and not a weak and wishy washy subservient bureaucrat who doesn’t want to rock the boat.

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