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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1560..


This provision creates a process whereby the Legislative Assembly, through the committee, advises the Treasurer regarding the resources that should be made for the operations of the audit office for the respective financial year. At the conclusion of its consideration of the budget estimates, the practice of the public accounts committee has been to make a 246A statement—informing the Assembly of the outcome of its consideration of the audit office's budget submission. The committee is of the view that this practice is an important transparency mechanism that contributes to public accountability.

Pursuant to section 22 of the Auditor-General Act 1996, the committee has considered the proposed budget for the operations of the ACT audit office for the 2014-15 financial year and across the budget outyears.

The committee notes that the audit office's proposed 2014-15 budget requests additional appropriation for:

(i) (recurrent funding) in 2014-15 of $400,000 to increase the number of performance audits from seven in 2013-14 to nine in 2014-15; and

(ii) $97,000 for indexation to cover increases in salaries and costs of supplies and services.

The committee also understands as part of the capital initiatives process the audit office has sought appropriation for a one-off capital cost of approximately $100,000 in 2014-15 for accommodation improvements.

Pursuant to subsection 22(1)(a) of the Auditor-General Act 1996, I wish to inform the Assembly that the committee has written to the Treasurer advising that it supports the proposed budget for the 2014-15 financial year.

Pursuant to subsection 22(1)(b) of the Auditor-General Act 1996, the committee has forwarded to the Treasurer the draft budget for the operations of the audit office for the 2014-15 financial year as received from the Auditor-General.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 10 April, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.16): I will be supporting this bill today, including some developments that have taken place since Mr Coe spoke on it last week in principle, which we all remember very clearly. The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 is the sixth of the government's


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