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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 304..

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you advise on the benefit to Canberra of the amalgamation of CMD and Treasury?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Gentleman for a very good question, a rare occurrence in this question time.

Mr Smyth: There will be no further questions then.

MS GALLAGHER: No. We have had good questions. The rarities have been on that side of the chamber. The issue with moving—

Mr Smyth: It must be sort of innate.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, this is actually your question, so you might be interested in the answer. The decision we took around moving—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: No, clearly not. The decision we took—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Start again, just like a lawnmower trying to get going. The decision we took around moving the policy components of Treasury into the Chief Minister's Department was to bolster the policy capacity across the central agency, without doubling or providing additional resources. The Treasury had some policy capacity. CMCD had policy capacity. They now have policy capacity together. They will be providing advice to both the Treasurer and me. We think, with that combined resource, it will be providing a more efficient and effective use of the resources, the relatively modest resources, that are available to the central administration.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before we proceed, Mr Smyth, I heard you interject impugning Ms Gallagher's honesty. I would like you to withdraw.

Mr Smyth: I withdraw.


MADAM SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of former minister and member, Michael Moore. Welcome to the Assembly.

Members: Hear, hear!

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