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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1160..


MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to present a petition which does not conform with standing orders as it does not address the Assembly.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I present an out-of-order petition from 880 residents requesting that Ginninderra Drive be extended to Northbourne Avenue and that Mouat Street not be duplicated.

Report on Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1995-96

MS McRAE (10.51): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to present the Report of the Select Committee on Additional Estimates 1995-96 and move a motion in relation to the report.

Leave granted.

MS McRAE: Pursuant to order, I present the Report of the Select Committee on Additional Estimates 1995-96, together with the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to the Speaker for circulation on Monday, 6 May, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 16 April 1996, as amended on 18 April 1996. I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the report of the Additional Estimates Committee. It was formed, of course, to scrutinise Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1995-96, introduced by the Carnell Government. The committee, need I say, had a very short time to scrutinise the Bill, call officials, question them and formulate a report. I begin by thanking my fellow committee members and, in particular, the secretary, Mr Bill Symington, as well as all the officials who took the time to attend, and to provide the material that was called for, often at very short notice. The committee collectively would like to thank everyone who participated so willingly in that.

The report, as will have already been seen, is an unusual one, as it has conclusions rather than recommendations and has a dissenting opinion rather than an independent dissenting report. I did not attempt, as chair, to draw the committee to one clear-cut conclusion and therefore recommendation, for a number of reasons. It was clear from the start that the Chief Minister had formed an opinion about the use of the Audit Act to make financial transfers by both the Follett Government and the Kaine Government. She said in her presentation speech:

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