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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2580..



Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 17-

Instrument varying appropriations related to Commonwealth funding for payment of GST administration cost to the Australian Taxation Office, and a statement of reasons, dated 24 June 2003.

Instrument varying appropriations related to Commonwealth funding for the First Home Owners Grants, dated 24 June 2003.

I ask for leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.


: As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I have tabled two instruments issued under section 17. The directions and statement of reasons for the instruments must be tabled in the Assembly within three sitting days of being given. The instruments relate to the 2002-03 financial year.

Section 17 of the Financial Management Act enables variations to appropriations to be increased for any increases in existing Commonwealth payments by direction of the Treasurer. The Department of Treasury has received Commonwealth funding for GST administration costs to be paid to the Australian Taxation Office totalling $183,000 and the original first home owners grants totalling $300,000, which is greater than originally budgeted.

The first instrument authorised the appropriation of $183,000 and the second instrument authorised the appropriation of $300,000, both of which are to be appropriated as expenses on behalf of the territory. These variations are budget neutral as they are matched by revenue from the Commonwealth.

Totalcare Industries Ltd

Paper and statement by minister


(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): Mr Speaker, as committed earlier in this sitting, I present the following paper:

Review of the operational activities of Totalcare Industries-Working group report, dated May 2003.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.


: The working group comprised representatives of Totalcare's various stakeholder groups and included representatives of several ACT departments, Totalcare staff and unions and Totalcare's management. Due to the level of commercial-in-confidence material contained in the report, the version I have tabled has some material blacked out, but not a lot. This relates to expressions of interest from external parties and details of clients.

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