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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2500 ..


PUBLIC ACCOUNTS - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Monitoring of Budget Su
pplementation

Debate resumed from 17 June 1993, on motion by Mr Kaine:

That the report be noted.

MR MOORE (10.40): Madam Speaker, this is a significant report that comes in a transition that has been going on since the beginning of self-government as far as budget matters and budget supplementation go. Any members who were present for that first budget process and who remember the Pryor cartoon on the front page of the Canberra Times entitled "Rosemary's Baby" will appreciate the constant improvement in the budget papers and specifically in budget supplementation information. There has been more information and a growing improvement in all budget papers.

The report deals particularly with a supplementation to the budget which has always been available to members but in what the committee felt was a narrow form. It seems to me that, with this constant improvement in the ability for members of the public to understand what is going on with public expenditure, it is appropriate that we take whatever moves we can to make the budget supplementation more understandable and more available to members of the public.

This is in no way a criticism of either government. I believe that the intention of both the Labor governments that have been in power and also the Alliance Government when it was in power was to make the budget papers more and more readable each year and to take the advice of the estimates committees and the Public Accounts Committee when they put forward suggestions on how all the budget papers can be made more readable and the information in them more available and more understandable to the Assembly and to members of the public. Madam Speaker, it is with pleasure that I support the thrust of this report. I hope that there will be a very positive response from government on this issue.

Debate (on motion by Ms Ellis) adjourned.

CONSERVATION, HERITAGE AND ENVIRONMENT -
STANDING COMMITTEE

Report on Tuggeranong Homestead and its Site - Government Response

Debate resumed from 16 June 1993, on motion by Mr Wood:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR WESTENDE (10.43): Madam Speaker, I shall be brief. I was a member of the committee that investigated this matter. We made certain recommendations to the Government, and in replying to that report Mr Wood accepted most of the recommendations. We recommended, for instance, that the Government assess the heritage significance of the building. The Government agreed, and the Department of the Environment, Land and Planning has received an assessment of the Tuggeranong Homestead by the consultants.


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