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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1600..


Financial Management Act—instrument

Paper and statement by minister

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): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 17—Instrument varying appropriations relating to Commonwealth funding to the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, including a statement of reasons, dated 12 May 2014.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: As required by the FMA, I table the instrument under section 17. A direction and statement of reasons for the instrument must be tabled in the Assembly within three days after it is given. Section 17, for the benefit of members, enables variations to appropriations to be increased for any increases in existing commonwealth payments by direction of the Treasurer. I should add at this point that I do not expect to be standing up too often in the next few years and being able to advise the Assembly that we are receiving an increase in funding from the commonwealth government, but today I can.

I can advise the Assembly that the territory has received additional commonwealth funding of $2,090,000 for net costs of outputs for the water for the future national partnership 2013-14. I can advise the Assembly that the funding will be used for the ACT basin priority project to improve long-term water quality in the ACT and the Murrumbidgee River systems. This funding will be passed to the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate as net costs of outputs for expenditure in relation to this grant.

On what might be one of the last times in the next few years I announce increased commonwealth funding for the territory. I definitely commend this paper to the Assembly.

Papers

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Human Rights Act and Human Rights Commission Act, pursuant to subsection 41(2) and subsection 87(2) respectively—Human Rights Audit on the Conditions of Detention of Women at the Alexander Maconochie Centre—A Report by the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, dated 11 April 2014.

ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profile 2014—March quarter.


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