Page 2857 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 October 2022

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Estimates 2022-2023—Select Committee

Report—government response

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (3.17): Madam Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Estimates 2022-2023—Select Committee—Report—Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2022-2023 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2022-2023—Government response, dated October 2022.

Financial Management Act—Budget 2022-2023—

Pursuant to section 10, Budget Statements—

D—Justice and Community Safety Directorate | Legal Aid Commission (ACT) | Public Trustee and Guardian for the ACT—Corrigendum.

E—Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | City Renewal Authority | Suburban Land Agency—Corrigendum.

Pursuant to section 20AC, Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2022-2023—Departures from Recommended Appropriations—Statement of Reasons (Amended).

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the government response.

I present the government’s response to the recommendations raised by the Select Committee on Estimates. I also present two corrigenda, as I have just outlined, to the budget papers and an updated statement of reasons to the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill for fiscal year 2022.

I thank the select committee and Legislative Assembly representatives for their analysis of the 2022 budget and the accompanying appropriation bills. I particularly acknowledge the assistance provided by the secretariats in the preparation of the final report. I would also like to acknowledge my ministerial colleagues and government officials for their active engagement in responding to the committee’s questions and their recommendations.

The select committee’s report contains 143 recommendations related to the budget or Appropriation Bill matters. Perhaps to the great relief of members, I will not be addressing each one in my speech this afternoon. The government’s response, in its detail, fulfils this purpose in responding to each of the recommendations, with the exception of a handful that were directed to the Speaker. As we have just heard, the Speaker has tabled her response to those.

I will make the following observations, though. Many of the 143 recommendations go to requests for additional expenditure proposals across government. I note that not so many of the recommendations from the committee came to how we might go about raising additional revenue to fund all of these additional spending requests. Indeed, I do not believe there were any recommendations which addressed how existing expenditure could be cut to fund all of the new expenditure requests. Nevertheless,

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