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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 10 Hansard (13 August) . .

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 10

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Standing Committee—Scrutiny Report 10, dated 12 August 2013, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 10 contains the committee's comments on 142 pieces of subordinate legislation and four government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee

Report—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (10.01): I present the following paper:

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2013-2014—Government response, dated August 2013.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I present the government response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2013-2014. I thank the committee and its support staff for its report on the Appropriation Bill 2013-14 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2013-2014. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Centre for International Economics for its efforts and time put into providing an independent view of the 2013-14 territory budget.

The government respects the role that is played by the Select Committee on Estimates in scrutinising its proposed expenditure. However, the government is also disappointed that the recommendations in the committee's main report were unbalanced and unable to provide any useful guidance to the Assembly.

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