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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1372..


MR SPEAKER (continuing):

question again, to request information about the issues rather than the status of the agreement.

Members, I would like to take the opportunity to comment in regard to how we proceed to constructively engage in establishing clarity around these types of issues.

Yesterday morning, I provided to Mr Smyth an early indication of my statement on the point of order raised by Mr Hargreaves on 18 March 2010.

I would like to state clearly for all members that my door is always open and that, should members wish to raise further issues of concern in regard to rulings or to provide further information for consideration in making those rulings, I welcome this at all times. Indeed I would always encourage members to seek clarity in a constructive way so that we can find the best possible way forward for the conduct of the Assembly.

I would ask that members take time to reflect on my statement today and to inform me should they require further guidance about this issue.

I would also remind members that the provision to review standing orders, procedures and practices exists through the administration and procedure committee.

Questions without notice

Capital works—program

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, yesterday you indicated that, as at 31 January, $214 million had been spent on capital works in the ACT. How much of this expenditure relates to the commonwealth's BER funding and how much of this expenditure relates to projects that were initially budgeted to be complete in the 2008-09 financial year?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not sure that I have the detail of how much is under the commonwealth's stimulus plan, but I can certainly bring that back. I can say that, as at January 2010, $91 million of the new works program had been expended, some of which would have been the commonwealth's stimulus spend. As at January 2010, $123 million of the works in progress program had been expended.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Treasurer, yesterday you said there would be an underspend this year. What are the most significant projects that have been delayed and that are contributing to this underspend?

MS GALLAGHER: That has not been finalised yet. We will be releasing that closer to the end of the financial year but there are a number of underspends across agencies. The largest capital programs, of course, are done through TAMS and education, although they are delivering by far the majority of their program on time. There are underspends in health. I will be providing more detail of that in the financial report to the Assembly. The exact level of the underspend is not clear at this point in time. But


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