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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2010) . . Page.. 2445 ..


There is $6.925 million for the Department of Education and Training, comprising $1.285 million for costs associated with higher student enrolments in ACT public schools, $2.64 million for increased superannuation costs and $3 million for costs associated with higher numbers of students with a disability and increased of complexity of students with special needs.

There is $922,000 for the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services for operational costs associated with Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

There is $567,000 for the Chief Minister’s Department, comprising $182,000 to cover costs associated with the removal of loose asbestos, $123,000 to cover costs associated with the review of the ACT asbestos management strategy, $113,000 to cover the increased costs associated with the ACT public service enterprise bargaining negotiations, $81,000 for costs associated with the FIFA world cup bid and $68,000 for costs associated with the independent performance audit of the Auditor-General’s office.

There is $504,000 for the Department of Land and Property Services, comprising $322,000 to continue with the nation building task force and $182,000 for costs associated with the land swap arrangement involving Narrabundah Caravan Park. There is $1.7 million for the Treasury, to cover anticipated payments of the first-home owners boost and first-home owners grant; $95,000 for the territory banking account to cover the net borrowing requirements of the territory; $329,000 for the Legal Aid Commission for costs associated with a court case; $180,000 for the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission for costs incurred in discharging regulatory responsibilities for the energy sector; and $185,000 for the ACT Planning and Land Authority for costs associated with the upgrade of the Objective software.

These instruments and other instruments authorising expenditure under section 18 of the Financial Management Act have been authorised to address both a range of necessary expenses that were not foreseen at the time of the original appropriation and/or payments that were made in response to increased activity necessary to maintain front-line service delivery standards.

The Appropriation Act 2009-2010 provided $36.8 million for the Treasurer’s advance. Expenditure to date against the Treasurer’s advance for 2009-10 is $23.2 million, leaving a balance of $13.6 million, which will be returned as a saving.

I commend the papers to the Assembly and I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.27): It does look like the annual end-of-year spending binge has continued with the Labor Party. As the Treasurer noted, there was almost $ million worth of Treasurer’s advance left until today. It is suddenly down to $13 million; so another $20 million has been expended. Of course, one of the big stars is, as always, territory and municipal services. Despite the Ernst & Young review of the Department of Territory and Municipal Services, it still seems to be unable to live within its budget.


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