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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (15 October) . . Page.. 4592..


Financial Management Act—instrument

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 18A—Authorisation of Expenditure from the Treasurer's Advance to Chief Minister's Department, including a statement of reasons, dated 13 October 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Section 18 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer's advance. Section 18A of the act requires that, within three sitting days after the authorisation is given, the Treasurer present to the Assembly a copy of the authorisation and a statement of reasons for giving it, and a summary of the total expenditure authorised under section 18 for the financial year. Under this instrument, $100,000 has been provided to CMD to make a donation on behalf of the ACT community to the Red Cross. The donation will provide $50,000 for the Indonesian earthquake relief and $50,000 for the Samoan tsunami relief. I commend the paper to the Assembly.

Health and Disability—Standing Committee

Report 7—government response

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Health and Disability—Standing Committee (Sixth Assembly)—Report 7—Health Science in the ACT—government response.

I seek leave to make a short statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Madam Assistant Speaker, it gives me great pleasure today to table the ACT government's response to the Standing Committee on Health and Disability's report No 7, Health Science in the ACT. I would like to commend members of the former standing committee for their consideration of this important issue and acknowledge the stakeholders who provided input to the inquiry process.

The government welcomes the former committee's report, which highlights a number of issues relating to health and medical research in the ACT. The ACT has a strong, wide-ranging health and medical research sector concentrated in a relatively small geographic area. This encompasses biomedical and biotechnological research; clinical,


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