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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 1789..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Mr Speaker, a Treasurer's Advance has been provided to ACT Health for both a new linear accelerator and the recently certified medical officers certified agreement. On 7 March 2006, one of the two linear accelerator machines at the Canberra Hospital broke down. The replacement cost for the linear accelerator is $2.8 million. ACT Health has $1.3 million available in the health program grant funding pool to contribute towards the replacement. I have provided the remaining $1.5 million from the Treasurer's Advance. The new medical officers certified agreement was certified on 23 December 2005 and $2.65 million is being provided to implement the new agreement.

A Treasurer's Advance of $591,000 was provided to the Emergency Services Authority to fund a nine per cent wage increase following an Australian Industrial Relations Commission determination relating to the firefighters work value case.

The sum of $701,000 has been provided to the Department of Economic Development to increase the amount payable from the racing development fund to ACT gaming and racing clubs. The government has a legislative responsibility to invest 4.5 per cent of the annual turnover of ACTTAB back into the industry through the RDF. The actual turnover for ACTTAB for 2005-06 has exceeded the budget forecast and has subsequently increased the amount payable to the RDF.

A Treasurer's Advance of $130,000 has been provided to the Legislative Assembly Secretariat to give effect to a remuneration tribunal decision of April 2005. The determination increased the rates of salary payable to members of the Legislative Assembly by 13.8 per cent, effective from 1 July. The impact of the increase in salaries expense was not factored into the 2005-06 budget due to the timing of the determination.

In response to rising fuel costs, the Department of Urban Services has been provided with a Treasurer's Advance of $1.325 million to increase the diesel fuel supplementation for the ACTION Authority from $1 per litre, as factored into the 2005-06 budget, to $1.14 per litre.

A Treasurer's Advance of $307,000 has been provided to the Department of Education and Training to allow for the on-passing of Australian government funding received on 30 June 2005. The usual practice is to increase the relevant appropriation under section 17 of the Financial Management Act 1996. However, given the timing of the receipt of funding, there was insufficient time for the completion of such an instrument during 2004-05.

Finally, for the Department of Education and Training, a Treasurer's Advance of $107,000 has been allocated to provide payments for per capita grants to those non-government schools whose student enrolments have exceeded the original 2005-06 projection by at least 15 per cent. Mr Speaker, I commend these papers to the Assembly.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report 17-government response

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning) (4.09): For the information of members, I present the following paper:


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