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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 214..


MR HUMPHRIES: I only want to note that the issues raised by Mr Quinlan certainly must have weighed heavily on the minds of the electors in February 1998 when they reflected on the achievements of the government and deliberately and emphatically returned us to office.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 25

Debate resumed from 6 May 1999, on motion by Mr Hird:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report of the Review of Governance-Select Committee

Report

Debate resumed from 30 June 1999, on motion by Mr Osborne:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing committees

Proposed reference-2001-2002 draft budget

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (11.02): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion referring the 2001-02 draft budget to the Assembly's general purpose standing committees for inquiry and report.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker. I have circulated a revised motion that seeks to refer proposed initiatives for the 2001-02 budget to the Assembly's general purpose standing committees, together with capital works proposals relevant to those portfolio areas.

Members will recall that the government announced last year that it was revising the process for putting the draft budget for the 2001-02 financial year on the table and consulting about it following comments made by the Assembly committees which considered the 2000-01 budget. The government indicated that it wanted a process which would see general public discussion about the direction the government is taking, about specific initiatives and about capital works proposals.

The government also noted that there was intense criticism of the first draft budget process, and decided that it would revise its process to address those concerns. As members are aware, this has manifested itself in the breaking up of the budget consultation into two phases, not counting the third phase, of course, that comes after the budget itself is actually presented.


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