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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3637..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

there for Education and Community Services. There is one there for ACTION—capital injection due to lower than expected revenue; cash injection for ACTION to meet operating requirements. Gee, what a surprise. What a surprise using the Treasurer's advance to meet urgent and unforeseen over-expenditure across government agencies.

It happens to all governments. It happens to all governments of every political colour. That is why we have the Treasurer's advance. And when you think about it, $23 million as part of an overall budget of $3.9 billion shows extreme expenditure control. Indeed, I think there was one year, when I looked back, when the opposition did return some money to the budget from the Treasurer's advance, showing their extreme restraint. They had total expenditure of $13.07 million against the Treasurer's advance, which allowed $13.1 million. So they returned $30,000 to the budget.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a question without notice?

Mr Smyth: A supplementary, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter has the call.

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Coe: Nice one, Meredith.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe! Before you go on, Ms Hunter—Mr Coe, I waited quite some time and nobody took the floor. Ms Hunter had the call. If you have got a judgement on that, you can let me know later. Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Hanson: You're cranky, mate. You had a bad day yesterday.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I think Mr Hanson should withdraw that comment about you. He should withdraw. By interjection you cannot describe the chair as "cranky". It is unparliamentary.

Mr Smyth: He was just talking to me.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, would you like to clarify your comment?

Mr Hanson: No, I was actually calling the Speaker cranky and I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, you have the call.

Children—national foster care standards

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People—


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