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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1562..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

you do not take it as a threat. If a proper process has been established by this Assembly and the government does not agree with it, that is unfortunate for the government, but the process will run. I thank members for their support and look forward to the government's reply to the committee's recommendation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MRS DUNNE (6.22) I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would allow Notice No 2, Assembly business, relating to the establishment of the Select Committee on Estimates 2004-2005 being called on forthwith.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Estimates 2004-2005-Select Committee

Appointment

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (6.22), by leave: I move:

That:

(1) a Select Committee on Estimates 2004-2005 be appointed to examine the expenditure proposals contained in the Appropriation Bill 2004-2005 and any revenue estimates proposed by the Government in the 2004-2005 Budget;

the Committee be composed of:

(a) two Members to be nominated by the Government;

(b) two Members to be nominated by the Opposition;

one Member to be nominated by the Crossbench;

to be notified in writing to the Speaker by 9 pm today;

the Committee report by 22 June 2004;

if the Assembly is not sitting when the Committee has completed its inquiry the Committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker who is authorized to give directions for its printing, publishing and circulation; and

(5) the foregoing provisions of this resolution so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

Mr Speaker, this is a procedural motion that will establish the Estimates Committee to review the government's coming budget. We established it a little earlier than we used to some years ago simply to allow the then appointed chair to take over the procedure or the running of the committee to establish the agenda of the committee, the schedule of


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