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Motion ( (continuing):

(ii) debate on any motion before the Assembly at the time of interruption being adjourned until the question-"That debate on the Appropriation Bill 2004-2005 be adjourned and the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the next sitting"is agreed;

(c) at 3 pm on Thursday, 6 May 2004, the Order of the Day for resumption of the debate on the question that the Appropriation Bill 2004-2005 be agreed to in principle, being called on notwithstanding any business before the Assembly and that the time limit for the speech of the Leader of the Opposition, the Australian Democrats, the ACT Greens, and the Independent member be equivalent to the time taken by the Treasurer in moving the motion-That the bill be agreed to in principle; and

(d) (i) questions without notice being concluded at the time of interruption; or

(ii) debate on any motion before the Assembly at that time being adjourned until a later hour that day.

Estimates 2003-2004 (No 3)-Select Committee

Report

MRS CROSS (10.40): Pursuant to order of the Assembly of 11 March 2004, I present the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2003-2004 (No 3) entitled Appropriation Bill 2003-2004 (No 3), including a dissenting report, together with a copy of the relevant extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MRS CROSS: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MRS CROSS: I move:

That the report be noted.

I firstly thank my committee members-Ms Karin MacDonald, deputy chair, and Mr Brendan Smyth-not only for the work we have done in a collaborative way in this process but also for the opportunity given to chair this committee. I also extend my thanks to Stephanie Mikac, secretary to this committee, for her outstanding support not only to the committee members in general and to this committee process but to me as its chair. I have found Stephanie's contribution invaluable and wish her continued success in supporting the members of this Assembly.

This has been an interesting process. Given that we have a very busy day today, I will keep my comments as brief as possible. The committee has made 12 recommendations in its report and I am going to touch briefly on all those recommendations. I will begin by saying that I came into this with a very open mind. I thought this process was going to be far simpler than it was. The government has an appropriation; we have a system; we look at it; we listen to the evidence and basically say, "Okay, look, they need the money; let's just let it go through."But it has been a far more complex process than I anticipated.


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