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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3036..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

The act states that, where the Treasurer has authorised expenditure under section 18, a copy of the authorisation and a statement of reasons relating to the expenditure are to be laid before the Assembly as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year. The 2002-03 Appropriation Act provided $19.4 million to the Treasurer's Advance. The final expenditure against the Treasurer's Advance in 2002-03 totalled $19.178 million, leaving $0.222 million unallocated-very frugal, I would suggest.

The Assembly has already seen items 1 to 14 as part of the supplementary appropriation process of 2002-03. Significant other items provided include $4.74 million to address additional funding for expenditures related to the courts and the Emergency Services Bureau. This included funding for increases in the remuneration of judges, the master and magistrates, and increasing operational demands of ESB, including the costs of managing and maintaining equipment; $1.95 million to assist in providing for the replacement of rural public housing properties destroyed in January 2003 bushfire areas, which was part of the government's commitment to fund $8.8 million in relation to the replacement of these houses; and $1.446 million of funding for increased wages and salaries related to enterprise bargaining for firefighters. Mr Speaker, I commend the paper to the Assembly.

Totalcare

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): I present the following paper:

Report of the Review of the Operational Activities of Totalcare Industries Limited-Public disclosure of certain information-Letter of advice from the Acting Auditor-General to the Chief Executive, ACT Department of Treasury, dated 5 August 2003.

I ask for leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Members will recall that I provided to this place on request details of the management review and suggestions for the future of Totalcare. There was a minimal amount of material items blanked out of that report under the banner of commercial-in-confidence. At the time that I tabled that report, I did advise the Assembly that I had already sought advice from the Auditor-General as to the appropriateness of the blackouts that were made within that report. I now have the auditor's agreement that that minimal amount of blacking out was a reasonable thing to do in the circumstances.

Paper

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): I present the following paper:


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