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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1274..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

the current financial year is made public and promulgated before the election. So I think what has happened is a blatant and quite cynical process, but we have it on the books.

I am concerned about the information content of this document. I am particularly concerned about the absence of updated forward estimates. I do not really care about whether you can say I have read the Financial Management Act in a particular way and it says I will not change those. If this government was an inclusive government, if this government wanted cooperation, if it was the open government that it has tried to paint itself, it would have given us a supplementary document that said, "These are the updates of our projections for next year," because that would provide the contents. It is pointed out in the body of the report that some of these expenditures imply future expenditure. But so much for the claim.

I think the report is fairly clear in its conclusions, and I think my dissenting report is quite clear as well. I commend the report and the dissenting report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Report No 5

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 5 of 2001, dated 23 April 2001.

I ask for leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No 5 of 2001 contains the committee's comments on 11 bills, 15 subordinate laws and five government responses. This report was authorised for publication by the Speaker on 23 April 2001. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Education Bill 2001

Mr Stefaniak , by leave, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (11.16): Mr Speaker, I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, I am very pleased to present to the Assembly the Education Bill 2001. The bill underpins children's right to school education, strongly supports innovation and flexibility in school education and facilitates parent participation and choice. It replaces existing legislation, some of which dates back to the 19th century. The laws replaced by


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