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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2842..


Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to a later hour this day.

Appropriation Bill 2004-2005

[Cognate paper:

Estimates 2004-2005-Select Committee

Report-government response]

Debate resumed from 14 May 2004.

Detail stage

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with the government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2004-2005 on the Appropriation Bill 2004-2005? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No 1 executive business they may also address their remarks to the relevant parts of the government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2004-2005 on the Appropriation Bill 2004-2005.

Standing order 180 sets down the order in which this bill will be considered, that is, in the detail stage any schedule expressing the services for which the appropriation is to be made must be considered before the clauses and, unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the schedule shall be considered by proposed expenditures in the order in which they are shown.

With the concurrence of the Assembly, I am proposing that the Assembly consider schedule 1 by each part, consisting of the net cost of outputs, capital injection, and payments on behalf of the territory. Is that the wish of the Assembly? There being no objection, schedule 1 will be considered by each part, consisting of the net cost of outputs, capital injection, and payments on behalf of the territory, then the clauses prior to schedule 2 and the title.

Schedule 1-Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure-part 1.1-Legislative Assembly Secretariat, $5,076,000 (net cost of outputs), $668,000 (capital injection) and $4,229,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $9,973,000.

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (10.45): I note that the Estimates Committee, on page 17 of its report, raised two specific issues as to the funding of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat and the way we do our work here but did not make a specific recommendation. I could not see at a quick glance a reference to that in the government's response to the Assembly.

The first issue raised by the Estimates Committee following the time it spent with you, Mr Speaker, was about the obligations of the Speaker to comply with things like the Territory Records Act and the implications of that for corporate and strategic issues in the development of the Assembly and the way we do our work. The second issue was the


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