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Nature Conservation Bill—Exposure draft—Report to the ACT Legislative Assembly on the Roundtable called to explore issues relating to the Nature Conservation Bill, prepared by Mr Robert Neil, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, dated 8 May 2014.

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Architects Act—Architects Board Appointment 2014 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-51 (LR, 30 April 2014).

Civil Law (Wrongs) Act—Civil Law (Wrongs) Victorian Bar Professional Standards Scheme 2014 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-53 (LR, 5 May 2014).

Financial Management Act—Financial Management (Directorates) Guidelines 2014—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-52 (LR, 5 May 2014).

Federal government—budget

Ministerial statement

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (3.44), by leave: On Tuesday this week the federal budget was released. There is a degree of relief that the vacuum of speculation which has surrounded this budget over many months is now gone and we can assess it with some clarity. Unfortunately, the budget's release confirms a bleak outlook for our city with extensive cuts to the commonwealth public service and deep, permanent cuts to the funding of essential public services.

While I respect the government's mandate to pursue budget savings, the way they have done so is not in a spirit of nationhood and certainly not in one of fairness. Our city has been singled out and our community has been treated like no other community would have been in this budget. Canberra will shoulder more than its fair share of the burden. There will be job losses, cuts to services and programs, less support for our young and for our old and, for many, more taxes to pay.

Today there are many Canberrans who feel insecure in their jobs, who face the prospect of unemployment, or who find themselves and their colleagues in an awful state of uncertainty.

While the threats posed by this budget are not of our making, the ACT government will do everything we can to protect local jobs and support local families. Our current estimate of ACT jobs to be cut is 6½ thousand, including 2,000 alone in 2014-15. In the next financial year, around half of the reductions sought nationally by the commonwealth—50 per cent in total—will come from this town.

These additional reductions are on top of significant reductions already made in the past two years—around 2,000 in 2012-13 and a further 1,500 in the six months to December 2013.


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