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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2894..


million dollars. I will make special mention of the RSPCA. As the new minister, I had the opportunity to meet with the management of the RSPCA, and that was a very constructive and positive meeting. I understand that the RSPCA remain concerned about the level of funding they receive from the government, despite the very significant increase proposed in this budget. What I have said to the RSPCA is that we will sit down and we will have a negotiation about their service funding agreement and see whether or not we can resolve the differences that are currently between us and reach a suitable agreement in relation to the funding level.

So my commitment to them is to negotiate with them in good faith, try to resolve the outstanding issues and see whether we can reach an agreement in relation to the new service funding agreement so that they have certainty and the government have certainty. And that is the approach we are going to adopt in the coming months. To that end I have agreed and indicated to the RSPCA that we will roll over their existing service funding agreement at the new level of funding for the first quarter of the financial year whilst we undertake those negotiations. And I thank the RSPCA for their willingness to engage in those negotiations in that manner.

So the Territory and Municipal Services budget is a strong budget for building better municipal services in the city, significant investments in roads, public transport, waste management and a range of other important services.

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MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Before proceeding to put this item to the vote, members, I would like to recognise the presence in the gallery of a former member of this place, Mr Steve Pratt. You are most welcome, Mr Pratt.

Mr Smyth: In case Hansard missed that, Mr Pratt did say, "Thank you very much, Mr Assistant Speaker."

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I am sure Hansard has picked it up. If they have not, I appreciate the remarks from Mr Pratt. They are most welcome, as indeed is Mr Pratt to this Assembly.

Appropriation Bill 2011-2012

[Cognate paper:

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee report—government response]

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.5—Territory and Municipal Services Directorate—$270,991,000 (net cost of outputs) and $235,826,000 (capital injection), totalling $506,817,000.

Debate resumed.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.6—Economic Development Directorate—$75,353,000 (net cost of outputs), $171,240,000 (capital injection) and $7,586,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $254,179,000.


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