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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2682..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

actually take the time. If I do not know the answer, I will have a look at it and I will get back to you. Sorry, Mr Doszpot; you are probably one of the ones who do not offend regularly. I will have a look at it and get back to you.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you. Treasurer, are you aware of any indicators that are not appropriate for the program or activity for which they are used?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I am not.

Budget—mental health

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and concerns mental health growth funds for the community sector via the 2009-10 budget. In response to an estimates question on notice I placed, the government indicated that $48,000 is earmarked for a supported hospital exit program. However, there was not any mention of a specific community group. Minister, can you assure the Assembly that this $48,000 will be allocated to and delivered by a non-government organisation in the community sector?

MS GALLAGHER: I thought we had provided the estimates committee with a list of programs that were going to the community sector in terms of answering the question on notice, but I will get back to the member with that. I do not have it on me.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary?

MS BRESNAN: Can you please advise the Assembly of the process and time lines that apply to the $48,000 being allocated and which non-government organisations will be eligible to apply for that program?

MS GALLAGHER: We will pass the budget first; that will be the first step. Then what we normally do is go out to tender or, if there is a reason why it can be delivered by only one organisation, go out to a select tender. It is usually managed through an open tender process that is advertised. Again, I will check up on that for the specifics of the program you raise.

Budget—operating result

MR HANSON: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, in an analysis of the 2009 ACT budget, the economic adviser to the estimates committee, Tony Harris, identified three approaches to determining the operating result for the ACT. Mr Harris then comments:

To add to the confusion, the ACT presents its own version.

Treasurer, what response do you have to the confusion that Mr Harris has identified with the presentation of the ACT budget?


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