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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 3 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 872..


Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Mr Seselja Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Budget—expenditure restraint

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.04): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that in the 2012-2013 Budget tabled on 5 June 2012, the Government had predicted a deficit of $318.3 million;

(b) that in the Budget Review tabled on Thursday, 14 February 2013, the Government predicted that the deficit for 2012-2013 would deteriorate to $362.9 million;

(c) that for the financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15 the deficit is predicted to increase by $60.4 million to $241.9 million over the two years; and

(d) that the surplus predicted for 2015-16 has deteriorated from $45.6 million in the Pre-election Budget Update to $29.3 million in the mid-year Budget Review, less than 1% of the total budget; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) provide detail on how it will deliver the following expenditure restraint measures, which were promoted in the Treasurer's press release on 14 February 2013:

(i) driving savings and efficiencies in the use of consultants, advertising, travel and printing;

(ii) delaying projects;

(iii) continuing to review the capital program; and

(iv)


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