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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2389..


Question put:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 6	 	NOES, 11

Mr Berry	Mrs Carnell
Mr Connolly	Mr Cornwell
Ms Follett	Mr De Domenico
Ms McRae	Mr Hird
Mr Whitecross	Ms Horodny
Mr Wood		Mr Humphries
		Mr Kaine
		Mr Moore
		Mr Osborne
		Mr Stefaniak
		Ms Tucker
Question so resolved in the negative.

APPROPRIATION BILL 1995-96

Detail Stage

Schedule - Part II

Chief Minister's Department

Proposed expenditure - Division 40 - Chief Minister's Department, $99,449,500

Debate resumed.

MS FOLLETT: (Extension of time granted) As I was saying, it was not just a matter of the financial figurings in the budget that made it almost impossible to understand; it was also the changed Administrative Arrangements. The Government has every right to make those changes to the Administrative Arrangements, but the way that they were reflected in the budget documentation made it virtually impossible for anybody, including Government Ministers, to track through the budget papers what had happened to particular program areas or projects. This was particularly the case in relation to all of what I call the social justice package. It was also the case in some of the grants areas. I found this to be a very serious defect in the budget documentation. Whilst some of these areas are quite small, they are all areas that were put in place and funded with a specific purpose in mind. I believe that their current status was something which the Estimates Committee had every right to examine. The presentation of information on those areas made it almost impossible for proper examination to occur.


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