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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2720..


MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, a supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Smyth has the floor.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, how can you and your department determine whether a department has satisfied standards for accountability when that department has not established any internal budgets?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not know if Treasury are ever completely happy with all the processes that are in place. Certainly, from my discussions with Treasury, any additional expenditure, or indeed global appropriation as it is sought, is monitored closely by Treasury and worked through with me, in consultation with other ministers through the budget process.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, is it standard practice to provide an envelope of funding to a department and then let that department determine how these funds will be spent?

MS GALLAGHER: It is normal for departments to expect an allocation of funding each year. That is what they get. They then have discussions with their minister around priorities within the department, key work to be delivered over the next 12 months. Those decisions about how they structure that are dealt with accordingly at the departmental level, as is appropriate.

Childcare—places

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for family services. Minister, on 5 May in this place you said, regarding childcare services in Flynn:

... this announcement delivers another 110 places. That is an incredible increase in childcare places ...

Minister, you go on to use the figure of 110 childcare places on six further occasions throughout your answer. Minister, can you confirm what the actual number of new childcare places at Flynn will be? Will it be 110; if not, how many actual new places will be created?

MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question on Flynn. I think it is quite exciting news today that Gumnut and Alkira are indeed over the moon in being able to move in to Flynn when it is completed at the end of next year. These are two organisations, two childcare centres—and I think you, Mrs Dunne, wanted surety and a place for


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