Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2471..
I commend the papers to the Assembly.
Financial Management Act—instrument
Paper and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 18A—Statement of authorisation of expenditure from the Treasurer's Advance in 2007-2008.
I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MR STANHOPE: The Financial Management Act 1996 requires that I table a summary of expenditure under section 18 of the act. Section 18A of the Financial Management Act requires that where the Treasurer has authorised expenditure under section 18 within three sitting days after the end of the financial year the Treasurer must present to the Assembly a summary of the total expenditure authorised for that financial year.
The 2007-08 appropriation act provided $29,200,000 for the Treasurer's advance. The final expenditure against the Treasurer's advance for 2007-08 was $26,056,000, leaving a balance of $3,144,000 to return to the 2007-08 budget. I commend the paper to the Assembly.
Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, could the Chief Minister move that the statement be noted, please?
MR SPEAKER: That is a matter for the Chief Minister. Mr Smyth asks whether you would be prepared to move that the statement be noted.
MR STANHOPE: I am not inclined to do that, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Members, when I seek the chamber's authority for leave to be granted, it is warming to have so many enthusiastic yeses, but the one I am really listening for is the no. So silence would probably assist me.
Stanhope government—community consultation
Discussion of matter of public importance
MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Ms Porter, Mr Pratt, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak, proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Mr Stefaniak be submitted to the Assembly, namely: