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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 2420..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The 2006-07 Budget provides measures necessary to build strong foundations for the future of the ACT's finances. Delaying projects or failing to address these issues now will not provide a sustainable fiscal platform, leaving compounded problems for the forthcoming government to rectify.

In general, the recommendations made by the committee do not raise any serious issues that will prevent the passage of the Appropriation Bill 2006-2007. Rather, the report seeks more information on and clarification of a range of issues. The government's response has provided that information where possible. I thank the committee for its consideration of the Appropriation Bill and for the issues that it has raised, and remind the Assembly that this is a budget not only for today but also for the future. I commend the government's response to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Mulcahy ) adjourned to a later hour.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No 4, Assembly business relating to the Report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2006-2007 and the Government response to the Select Committee on Estimates, being called on and debated cognately with order of the day No 1, Executive business, relating to the Appropriation Bill 2006-2007.

Appropriation Bill 2006-2007

[Cognate papers:

Estimates 2006-2007—Select Committee report

Estimates 2006-2007—Select Committee report—government response]

Debate resumed from 8 June 2006.

Detail stage

MR SPEAKER: I remind members that this is a cognate debate. In debating order of the day No 1 executive business, they may also address their remarks to the relevant parts of order of the day No 4 Assembly business, report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2006-2007, and the government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2006-2007, debate on which was adjourned a moment ago.

Standing order 180 sets down the order in which this bill will be considered. That is, in the detail stage, any schedule expressing the services for which the appropriation is to be made must be considered before the clauses and, unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the schedules will be considered by proposed expenditure in the order shown. With the concurrence of the Assembly, I am proposing that the Assembly consider schedule 1 by each part consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of the territory. Is this the wish of the Assembly? That being so, schedule 1 will be considered by each part, consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of the territory, then the clauses prior to schedule 2 and the title.

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