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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2672 ..


(1) pursuant to section 5 of the Financial Management Act 1996, to delay the introduction of the Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022 and 2021-22 Budget; and

(2) to a consequential delay of the presentation of the 2021-22 Budget Review until after 15 February 2022.

In relation to the above, I also seek this Legislative Assembly to acknowledge:

(1) the Government will introduce the Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022 and 2021-22 Budget into the Legislative Assembly on 6 October 2021;

(2) the introduction of the Financial Management Amendment Bill 2021 which would make the following time-limited amendments to:

(a) section 7 to increase supply provisions to 75 percent of the amounts appropriated through Appropriation Acts for the 2020-21 financial year;

(b) section 18(2) to increase the amount available to be appropriated for Treasurer’s advances for the 2021-22 financial year to five percent of the total amount appropriated by all Appropriation Acts for the year;

(c) section 24(3A) to extend the timeframes for the 2020-21 annual financial statements of the Territory by one month such that:

(i) the Under Treasurer must give the Auditor-General the annual financial statements for the Territory for the 2020-21 year in sufficient time for the Auditor-General to give an audit opinion about the statements within five months after the end of the financial year; and

(ii) the Auditor-General must give an audit opinion to the Treasurer within five months after the end of the 2020-21 financial year;

(3) that, subject to the passage of the Financial Management Amendment Bill 2021 by the Legislative Assembly, I will write to the Auditor-General outlining the revised timeframe for the Under Treasurer to provide the 2020-21 annual financial statements of the Territory to the Auditor-General for his review and for the audit opinion to be provided to me;

(4) as a consequence of the present situation, including the delay of 2021-22 Budget, some amendments to reporting requirements and timeframes under the Financial Management Act 1996 may be required; and

(5) that all parties will be consulted if any further alternative fiscal processes or legislative amendments are required.

The motion seeks the Assembly’s agreement, pursuant to section 5 of the FMA, to delay the introduction of the Appropriation Bill 2021-2022, the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022 and the 2021-22 budget, and a consequential delay to the presentation of the 2021-22 budget review until after 15 February 2022.

Specifically, the passage of this motion would see the government introduce the appropriation bills, the Office of the Legislative Assembly appropriation bill and the budget to the Assembly on 6 October. This would also mirror, I guess, the debate that


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