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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 901..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

gobbledegook in economic terms."That is what I quoted from, Mr Speaker, in referring to the draft spatial plan.

Mr Corbell needs to check his times. I gave my speech before the final spatial plan was released, so at that time I was not in a position to comment upon it. If the Minister had any courage, he would stand and apologise. If he had any decency he would apologise for deliberately taking things out of sequence.

Executive contracts

Papers and statements by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): For the information of members I present, pursuant to sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, copies of contracts in accordance with the list circulated. I seek leave to make a statement in relation to contracts.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which requires the tabling of all executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 2 March 2004. Today I present one short-term contract and 13 contract variations. Twelve of these variations are revised performance agreements. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

Legislation program-2004

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): Mr Speaker, for the information of members I present the 2004 legislation program and I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the government's legislation program for 2004. As the parliamentary year will be shortened by the election later this year, there will be only one government legislation program covering both Autumn and Spring.

In 2004, the government will continue its commitment towards delivering on its election promises. Since coming to office in 2001, the government has made many significant achievements and has put the ACT in a strong economic position.

However, the events of 2003 remind us that we can never become complacent and rest on these achievements. The devastating January bushfires last year and the drought conditions experienced throughout the region remind us that we need to remain proactive and responsive to the needs of the Canberra community. This is reflected in the government's program.


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