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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 June 2010) . . Page.. 2719 ..


MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister!

MR DOSZPOT: We have given up on you, Jon, not bus tickets.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Doszpot is asking a question.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, when you took the decision, I referred you to your colleague Mr Corbell’s response to a question on notice from the estimates committee—

Mr Barr: When you took the decision to pick up the wrong piece of paper, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: I was checking something else, Mr Barr, but thank you for noticing. Mr Speaker, my question—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let us hear Mr Doszpot’s question.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. The humour is over. Mr Doszpot, your question.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, I refer you to your colleague Mr Corbell’s response to a question on notice from the estimates committee where he was asked about the breakdown of costs for the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water in 2010-11. The minister could not answer the question as, he said, “Internal budgets have yet to be completed.” Treasurer, what scrutiny did you and your department make of the proposed budget for the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water for the 2010-11 financial year?

Mr Stanhope: Exhaustive.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, exhaustive, close—

Mr Stanhope: Exhaustive, close, objective, searching.

MR DOSZPOT: Treasurer, how is it possible on your part to sign off on an expenditure for a department, where that department has not prepared appropriate internal budgets?

MS GALLAGHER: The budget cabinet processes are extremely rigorous. Very close attention is paid to every department, and I can speak as Treasurer: any increases in appropriation are scrutinised very carefully and handed over very reluctantly.

I speak as Treasurer, so you can rest assured, Mr Doszpot. You are safe to go back to watch the World Cup tonight. Everything is in order. Processes are in place. Treasury liaise very closely with all line agencies.


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