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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2531..


MR MULCAHY: By dismissing that sort of comment I think the Chief Minister is clearly showing that he does not understand pricing elasticity.

Debate interrupted.

Standing order 76—suspension

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

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of this sitting.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Membership

Motion by (Mr Corbell ) agreed to:

That Ms MacDonald be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for the period 20 September to 2 October 2007 and that Ms Porter be appointed in her place for that period.

Appropriation Bill 2007-2008

[Cognate paper:

Estimates 2007-2008—Select Committee report—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.15—Department of Justice and Community Safety—$163,266,000 (net cost of outputs), $117,308,000 (capital injection), and $120,700,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $401,274,000.

Debate resumed.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (10.41): The points I want to concentrate on are a number of functional capability areas. In relation to the emergency services circumstances, I will cover these. I will background this against the January 2003 bushfire disaster and the McLeod inquiry and its conclusions and recommendations. While this budget has attempted to address a number of funding shortfalls of previous budgets of emergency services, the Stanhope government has yet again failed to resolve major problems that see the emergency services in such a state of dysfunction that morale of the volunteer brigades is now almost non-existent.

A number of factors have led us to this point. First is the restructure. Contrary to the minister's recent outpouring of spin, emergency services in the territory have gone backwards as a result of last year's retrograde restructure. The minister is now five steps removed from overseeing the performance of our emergency services. By mid-2006 emergency services had developed to an independent authority able to respond to emergencies quickly. Thanks to the government's changes in last year's


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