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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 April 2021) . . Page.. 1125 ..


It is a very good piece of public policy, an excellent amendment to the territory’s Financial Management Act. I commend it to the Assembly.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Total appropriations

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Clauses 1 to 10, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Title

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (5.19): As this will be the last opportunity to speak on the appropriation bill, I would like to take the opportunity at the conclusion of the debate to thank members for their contributions over the last three days.

I may have lost the bet—we are going to pass this on Thursday night, not Friday morning—but I thank colleagues very much for keeping their comments relatively brief throughout the course of three days of debate. I particularly thank all of those who have been involved in preparing the committee reports that we are also debating here cognately, including the secretariat.

My particular thanks, as is always the case with the single biggest piece of work that is undertaken by any government in any year, goes to the team at ACT Treasury and the ACT government directorates that support Treasury in the delivery of the budget. Within my office, I particularly need to acknowledge Faheem Khan, who works very hard on the budget process each year.

This year being a very unusual year, with two budgets, we are already underway on the next one, and we look forward to presenting that to the Assembly at the end of August.

So thank you. Budgets are difficult. The debate in this place on the budgets is important. It guides the government’s thinking in the context of the inevitable next budget. There are going to be five of them in this parliamentary term. I am very pleased now to be able to sign off and endorse the first of five for this the Tenth Legislative Assembly.

Title agreed to.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to.


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