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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3417 ..

of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022 together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

At its meeting on Tuesday, 9 November 2021, the Assembly resolved to amend the due date for standing committees to report on the ACT budget by requiring committees to report by 12 November 2021.

On 6 October 2021, the Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022 were presented in the Assembly. During this inquiry the Standing Committee on Public Accounts was required to examine the expenditure proposals for a number of outputs in the main appropriation bill for the territory as outlined in budget statements A, B and I.

The outputs included those of the Office of the Legislative Assembly; the Auditor-General; the ACT Ombudsman; certain output classes belonging to the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate; Icon Water Limited; the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission statement of intent; and an output class under Major Projects Canberra.

A total of 27 questions were lodged during the inquiry. Twenty-three questions were taken on notice by the ministers and statutory office holders during the hearings, and four questions on notice were submitted by committee members and visiting MLAs following the hearings. Answers to questions are available on the committee’s webpage. The committee made a total of 21 recommendations.

At 6.30 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.

MRS KIKKERT: For the 2021-22 ACT budget, the committee selected the Centre for International Economics to provide a specialist budget adviser function. The committee has published a written analysis provided to it by the Centre for International Economics on the inquiry webpage.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who participated or otherwise assisted in this inquiry, including the Centre for International Economics, ACT government ministers, directorate officials, statutory officers, and members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff. The committee extends special thanks to the committee secretary, Samuel Thompson; Hansard, and broadcasting and other committee support staff of the Office of the Legislative Assembly.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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