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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2313..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

My government remains committed to protecting and enhancing our natural environment. We will continue to work to raise the profile of environment protection issues and the role of the Environment Protection Authority in our community. We have a responsibility as the national capital to demonstrate leadership in environmental policy. We are certainly privileged, Mr Speaker, to live in an urban environment surrounded by high quality bushland and we must continue to strive to ensure this legacy remains for future generations.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

Financial Management Act-transfer of appropriations

Papers and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Financial Management Act-

Pursuant to section 14-Instrument directing a transfer of funds from the Chief Minister's Department to the Department of Education Youth and Family Services, including a statement of reasons, dated 20 May and 22 May 2004.

Pursuant to section 16-Instrument directing a transfer of responsibilities for Children's, Youth and Family Services from the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services to the Office of Children, Youth and Family Support, including a statement of reasons, dated 25 May 2004.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, as required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I have tabled two instruments for variation of appropriations. The first instrument is issued under section 16 of the act. A detailed statement for reasons for transfer of responsibility of the functions between departments is also being tabled.

Transfers under the Financial Management Act allow for changes to appropriations throughout the year within the appropriation limit passed by the Assembly. The instrument relates to the 2003-04 financial year and provides for administration arrangement variations which occurred between the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services and the newly established Office for Child, Youth and Family Support.

The second instrument tabled is issued under section 14 of the Financial Management Act. This instrument relates to the 2003-04 financial year and transfers the open access centres program funding from the Chief Minister's Department to the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services.

Mr Speaker, I commend the papers to the Assembly.


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