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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 749..

Answers to questions

Commonwealth Funding

(Question No 28)

Mr Humphries asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to funding from the Commonwealth Grants Commission:

(1) How many (a) officers, and (b) at what level, in the then Office of Financial Management prepared the last submission to the Commonwealth Grants Commission that led to ACT receiving a more appropriate share of Commonwealth funding?

(2) How long did it take them to prepare this submission?

(3) Have (a) you or (b) your Department made a submission to the Review of Commonwealth-State Funding being conducted by Professor Ross Garnaut and Dr Vince Fitzgerald?

(4) If you or your Department have made a submission to the Review of Commonwealth-State Funding, will you be tabling that submission in the Assembly?

(5) If your or your Department have made a submission, how many (a) officers, and (b) at what level, prepared this submission?

(6) Is your Department preparing for the next review of the Grants Commission in 2004?

(7) If so, how many (a) officers, and (b) at what level, are working on preparation of a submission to the Grants Commission?

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The officers in the Intergovernmental Financial Policy Section of the Economic Management Branch, Office of Financial Management had overall responsibility for all dealings between the ACT and the Commonwealth Grants Commission including input into the Commonwealth Grants Commission Report on General Revenue Grant Relativities 1999.

The section prepared a number of submissions during the course of the inquiry conducted over a 4-year period with terms of reference given to the Commission in three parts. Part 1 was provided by the then Minister for Administrative Services in January 1995. Parts 2 and 3 were provided in January and December 1998 by the Minister for Finance and Administration.

The level of resources in the Section varied during this timeframe but never exceeded 6 officers with the team headed by a Manager (Senior Officer Grade B), 2 x Senior Officer Grade C's, 1 ASO 6 and 1 ASO 5, supplemented by a Specialist Senior Officer Grade A in the latter 12 months of the inquiry.

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