Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . .
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Mrs Dunne for 23 and 24 August 2017 for personal reasons.
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.02): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that successful participatory budgeting exercises have been established nationally and internationally, providing a wealth of well-studied and effective processes for the ACT to draw upon, including:
(a) in 2014, the City of Melbourne used participatory budgeting to create its first ever 10-Year Financial Plan, worth $5 billion;
(b) in 2013-14, the City of Greater Geraldton conducted a successful Community Summit to prioritise 99 non-mandatory services worth over $8.5 million within budget constraints of $6 million; and
(c) since 1989, citizens of Porto Alegre in Brazil have decided how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on capital projects through participatory budgeting, establishing a model process which has spread over two hundred Brazilian cities;
(2) acknowledges that:
(a) the ACT's $5.5 billion annual budget is unique within Australia, and unusual internationally, in combining both local and state government service delivery functions;
(b) the ACT Government has existing budget consultation processes, which include considering submissions from peak bodies and community stakeholders;
(c) the Parliamentary Agreement commits the Government to:
(i) "Strengthen community consultation processes, including through the use of deliberative democracy strategies, so that diverse views are taken into account in major project proposals"; and