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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2557 ..


APPENDIX 1:

(Incorporated in Hansard on 19 August 1993 at page 2521)

CHIEF MINISTER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE TAKEN ON NOTICE

18 AUGUST 1993

MS FOLLETT: On 18 August 1993, Mr Humphries asked me a question regarding the impact of a $7.3 million dollar cut in Commonwealth special purpose assistance to the ACT for Health. He asked if I propose to retain or maintain the services that have been cut and how the budget will make up the loss of this $7.3 million dollars on top of the $10 million dollars blowout in Health that weve already experienced.

Also on 18 August 1993 Mr Cornwell asked me a question regarding the impact of a $330,000 dollar cut in specific purpose payment assistance to ACT Government Schools. He asked if my government will be closing schools, sacking teachers, or cutting programs to make up for this shortfall.

MY ANSWER IS: Information on Commonwealth specific purpose payments to the States and Territories is included in Commonwealth Budget Paper No. 3. In many cases information on the distribution of such payments between States and Territories included in this paper is preliminary only.

Subject to that qualification, it has not been possible to reconcile the $7.3m variation referred to by Mr Humphries yesterday.

Commonwealth Budget Paper No. 3 indicates that total health specific purpose payments will reduce by $3.2m between 1992-93 and 1993-94.

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