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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1751..

This is a strong budget. This is a budget based on sustainability.

This is a budget that is fiscally responsible and socially responsible.

It is a budget that continues to deliver on our commitments.

This is a budget that I am proud to commend to the Assembly.

Before I resume my seat, Mr Speaker, I wish to thank very much the Treasury officials and all of the other departmental officials who have worked so very hard on this budget. This is my third budget and the support that I have received from the ACT Treasury has been nothing short of fantastic and certainly above and beyond anybody's expectations. The number of hours worked was incredible and the dedication of the people concerned would have to be witnessed to be believed.

I would also like to commend our own publishing services, which work at the end of this chain and which have also worked so very hard to put together this budget. If you find a typo or two, please forgive them as they really have worked above and beyond their duty.

I commend the budget to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

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

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79-Copies of executive contracts or instruments-

Long term contracts:

Colin Adrian, dated 2 December 2003.

James Ryan, dated 2 April 2004.

Neil Tothill, dated 30 March 2004.

Bronwen Overton-Clarke, dated 13 August 2003.

Ian Hubbard, dated 17 July 2003.

Maureen Sheehan, dated 14 February 2004.

Short term contracts:

Michael Harris, dated 24 March 2004.

Lincoln Hawkins, dated 19 April 2004.

Lincoln Hawkins, dated 19 April 2004.

Anne Thomas, dated 5 February 2004.

Martin Hehir, dated 23 March 2004.

Martin Hehir, dated 14 November 2003 and 17 February 2004.

John Meyer, dated 2 April 2004.

Maureen Sheehan, dated 20 October 2003.

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