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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1679 ..


Magistrates Court Building

MS FOLLETT: Mr Stevenson asked me a question relating to the new courthouse and the facilities provided for victims. I have received advice that there are interview rooms, waiting rooms and separate entrances in that new design which are all provided for the use of victims. It therefore should be possible for them to maintain a separation in that court environment. That information has been obtained from the project manager.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Register

MR BERRY: In response to a question which was asked by Mr Stevenson in relation to the establishment of a cot death register, I can provide the following response: The Australian Bureau of Statistics maintains a statistical record on the number of sudden infant deaths occurring throughout Australia. All sudden unexpected deaths are also reported to the coroner, who is able to provide statistics comparable to those that would be available from a register.

AUDIT ACT
Paper

MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.12): Madam Speaker, in accordance with section 49B of the Audit Act 1989, I have arranged for statements to be provided to the Assembly concerning additional variations to appropriations made in 1992-93. The Audit Act contains a number of provisions which enable appropriations to be varied during the course of the financial year. Section 49A of the Act enables appropriations to be increased to onpass Commonwealth specific purpose payments where receipts of such payments exceed the amount expected at budget time. This enables the relevant programs to provide additional levels of service in accordance with additional levels of funding available from the Commonwealth under Commonwealth-ACT agreements. When the Executive gives a direction to increase appropriations in accordance with this section the Chief Minister is required to provide the Assembly with a copy of the direction and a statement of the reasons that led to the giving of the direction.

In addition, the Executive has also approved variations within and between programs in accordance with section 49(1) of the Act. This section enables surplus funds to be transferred between programs and between recurrent and capital items within the Appropriation Act. These measures involve transfers of funds already appropriated and were taken by the Executive to facilitate the priority funding needs of programs. Madam Speaker, I now table a statement in accordance with section 49B of the Audit Act 1989 on variations to appropriations made in 1992-93. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Kaine) adjourned.


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