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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 323..


MR WOOD (continuing):

Two disability homes owned by ACT Housing were destroyed and one was badly affected by smoke. We have relocated those people and are working with ACT Housing to identify other properties. All in all, there has been a considerable amount of work for ACT Housing over and above looking after their own tenants and, I have to say, they have done an excellent job.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Ministerial travel report for the period 1 July to 31 September 2002.
Legislation program-autumn 2003

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

2003 Spring Legislation Program, dated August 2003.
I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the government's third legislation program. In this time of rebuilding following the recent bushfire disaster, the focus of the program will not only be on continuing our commitment towards delivering on the government's election promises, but also to making Canberra an even more safer, stronger, confident, and prosperous city. The program will also continue the government's drive to improve financial management and governance of the Territory.

To achieve this, we will maintain our consultative, considered and responsible approach, working in collaboration with the community in order to meet concerns and to ensure a fairer and more accessible system for all Canberrans. In particular, the government will work very hard to assist in the bushfire recovery effort and to deliver greater satisfaction to our community.

Mr Speaker, in the time available I would like to comment on a number of items that are a priority for the government, notwithstanding that members may be interested in other items.

The most critical bill for the operation of this territory, the Appropriation Bill 2003-2004 will be tabled in the Assembly on 6 May along with the 2003-2004 Budget Papers. To further reform the financial management and reporting system, amendment will be proposed to the Financial Management Act 1996. This will improve financial reporting in circumstances where major changes have occurred during the year to departmental structures, by allowing for the concept of using "amended budgets" for reporting purposes, and will clarify what the territory can invest in.


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