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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . . Page.. 335..


Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 518 and 519

MS LE COUTEUR: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118A, I believe, I wish to ask questions about a number of questions on notice which I have not yet received answers to. For the Minister for Planning, I have questions 518 and 519.

MR BARR: I will ask my office to inquire. I imagine that this is in relation to questions I have not answered.

Ms Le Couteur: Yes.

Mr BARR: I will check the details. I am not sure which ones they are. I will check the detail and get back to the member.

Question No 521

MS LE COUTEUR: I also had a question, No 521, for the Attorney-General. We believe we should have had an answer by now. We live in hope.

MR CORBELL: My department has had a problem trying to determine exactly the question that Ms Le Couteur is trying to ask. As a result, my office has spoken to Ms Le Couteur's office regarding this question. That liaison is continuing and we are trying to work out a way that we can clarify what the question is and how it can be responded to.

2009-2010 budget review

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (3.11): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Budget 2009-2010—Budget review.

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

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: The budget review for 2009-10 is prepared in accordance with the Financial Management Act. The budget review provides pleasing news—news of an economy and a budget that is on the mend.

I am pleased to inform the Assembly that the better than expected economic outlook has resulted in an improvement in the territory's estimated net operating balance across the budget and indeed the forward estimates.

The general government sector net operating balance has improved by around $129 million in 2009-10, from a deficit of $134.8 million to a deficit of $5.7 million.


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