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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (12 August) . .

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Mr Hanson: Well, why did the other states get tens of millions more? You have not explained that.


MS GALLAGHER: It is very straightforward. It is because, Mr Hanson, they do not resource their schools at the point that we do. That also was made very clear to you. In fact, we are proud of our funding for education. This is something that we have seen as being of clear importance since 2001. Let us remember—what was it?—$27 million behind the school gate, our commitment in 2001. Our victory in 2001 had a very strong education focus. That funding has flowed to the point that we—

Mr Hanson interjecting—


MS GALLAGHER: have the best resourced education system in the country. That is something that we are incredibly proud of. We do not see it in states where the Liberal Party is in power.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ms Megan Smithies

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development) (9.47): I rise tonight to pay tribute to an outstanding public servant who has finished a long career with the ACT public service in July this year. Megan Smithies was Director-General of the former Commerce and Works Directorate and the ACT's Under Treasurer between 2007 and 2012. This included my time as Treasurer between 2008 and 2011, during which Megan provided outstanding support, service and advice to me and following on in 2011 to 2014 provided that same level of support and advice to the Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

Megan joined the ACT public service in 1989 and rose to the position of Under Treasurer, making her the most senior female bureaucrat in the ACT at the time and one of the first women in the country to head a Treasury department. At ACT Treasury, Megan was responsible for strategic financial and economic policy advice to the ACT government and was involved in several cycles of public sector reform, changes to budget systems and approaches, and structural reforms of the territory's budget.

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