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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 1791 ..


Debate resumed from 23 May 1996, on motion by Mrs Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (11.05): Mr Speaker, in short, the Opposition will be supporting this Bill. It provides consequential arrangements subsequent to the passage of the Financial Management and Audit Act in the last sitting, and deals with such things as removing references in other Acts to the Audit Act 1989, allowing for the continued appointment of the current Auditor-General, and some other related matters.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (11.05), in reply: I thank the Assembly for their support for this legislation. It completes the package of financial management legislation, which is a major milestone for this Territory. I think the replacement of the Audit Act is something that everyone in this Assembly has supported.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Debate resumed from 23 May 1996, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MS REILLY (11.06): Mr Speaker, I think it is important to look at the amendments that the Minister has put up. These amendments, introduced so modestly by the Minister in the last sitting, are very important.

Mr Humphries: He is a modest guy.

MS REILLY: At times he makes a lot of noise about things and I would have thought that something as important as a change in the arrangements for housing in the ACT would have warranted a little more noise and a little more discussion with the community. He suggested in his introductory speech that the amendments in this Bill would just supply the necessary arrangements to allow the ACT to participate in the new housing agreement put up by the Commonwealth Government. Members should note that this is a new housing agreement. This is the first new housing agreement we have had for years. The one that we were working on, the 1990 agreement, to which the ACT is a signatory, came out of a 1984 agreement. It is quite a number of years since we have had a new housing agreement.

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