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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3463 ..


There was a time in this place when there were two shadow treasurers, Brendan Smyth and Richard Mulcahy. I remember one particular budget where they both had to speak on everything. We literally were here until 5 am after 12 consecutive hours on the final day debating the budget. I do not think that is particularly family-friendly—

Mrs Jones: Ancient history, Mr Barr.

MR BARR: It is indeed ancient history, and it may be showing how long I have been in this chamber. I was not the Treasurer at the time, but I have endeavoured to both improve the process around the budget and give more time for members to debate it. It is the government’s intent that the budget debate does stretch beyond one week to give all members the opportunity to contribute. So we are now about to embark on what I anticipate to be more than a week of debate.

We are very happy if the opposition wishes to give up private members’ time to allocate back to the executive for more budget debate. If Mr Hanson wants to pursue that, it is not a problem. But I do not think he will. I think we will have many hours of budget debate over the next two weeks. With that, Mr Acting Speaker, let us get on with it. We look forward to engaging on the detail of the budget and hearing from the opposition—maybe even some alternative policy views, but I could be spending a long time waiting for that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent orders of the day Nos 1 and 2, Executive business, relating to the Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022, being debated cognately.

Appropriation Bill 2021-2022

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022

Cognate papers:

Standing Committee Reports on Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022]

Debate resumed from 8 October 2021.

MR ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Parton): I remind members that, in debating order of the day No 1, executive business, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 2 and Assembly business order of the day relating to the


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