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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2536..


Advance to the Minister administering the Audit Act 1989

Proposed expenditure - Division 250 - Treasurer's Advance, $12m

MR MOORE (3.28 am): I have circulated an amendment in regard to this section of the budget. That amendment does not attempt to add any money at all to the Treasurer's Advance. It intends to reduce the amount of money available in the Treasurer's Advance. It is quite clearly in order, Mr Speaker, as you made clear in your statement earlier that it would be in order to remove money from a particular line item. That is what my amendment No. 2 does.

I also draw your attention at this stage, Mr Speaker, to my amendment No. 3, as circulated. I indicated that I would move it later, at the stage when we look at the clauses of the Bill. It also seeks to reduce the amount of money in the Treasurer's Advance, other than if it happens to be used for education. Under those circumstances, it does not necessarily have to be reduced. The effect of my amendment No. 3 would be to reduce the amount. It is my intention not to move amendment No. 2, that is, simply to reduce the amount of money in the Treasurer's Advance, but rather to wait till we get to the new clause 9A, which seeks to reduce the amount of money in the Treasurer's Advance, except if the Government wants to use it for education. I indicate at this stage, Mr Speaker, because we are dealing with the Treasurer's Advance, that that is what I intend to do.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Schedule - Part I agreed to.

Clauses 1 to 9, by leave, taken together

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (3.32 am): I would like to ask the Treasurer to explain why clause 7 does not permit her to pay the salary increase to the teachers. It seems to me that that clause would allow her to make a payment where that pay rise was due to an enterprise bargaining agreement which had been registered with the Industrial Relations Commission and could therefore be interpreted as an order made under a law. Perhaps the Treasurer would care to explain that.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.32 am): Are you talking about the education increase from last year?

Ms Follett: Yes.

MRS CARNELL: We are paying it now, Ms Follett. We have been paying it ever since - - -

Ms Follett: Why not use that course?

MRS CARNELL: It is there; it is in place; it is being paid; it is that simple.

Clauses agreed to.


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