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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 6 (6 June) . .

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Madam Speaker, with this Budget the Government is laying down an ambitious agenda for renewing Canberra and for that renewal to take place at pace over the next four years. We are doing it by delivering on the clear and positive commitments that we made to the Canberra community at the last election.

By working together, we can achieve this ambitious program to renew our schools, our hospitals, our healthcare system and our transport network, to create new jobs, to renew our city and to provide better community services.

An even better Canberra is within our reach. I know this because I have seen how far we have already come.

We know Canberra has much more potential to be realised and we are determined to make that happen.

I commend the Budget to the Assembly.

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

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement:

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (3.27): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 is the mechanism for the appropriation of moneys for the 2017-18 financial year for the Office of the Legislative Assembly and officers of the Assembly—the Auditor-General and the Electoral Commissioner.

Under section 58 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988, public money may not be issued or spent except as authorised by law. Under section 6 of the Financial Management Act, no payment of public money may be made unless it is in accordance with an appropriation. Section 8 of the FMA provides that there must be a separate appropriation act for an appropriation for the Office of the Legislative Assembly. This bill that I table today satisfies the provisions of each of these acts. It provides for appropriations for the Auditor-General, the Electoral Commissioner and the Office of the Legislative Assembly in relation to controlled recurrent payments, capital injections and payments to be made on behalf of the territory.

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