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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 1829 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Various Acts under which relevant Regulations are in force - Regulations Revision (Penalties) Regulations - No. 8 of 1996 (S108, dated 6 June 1996) -

Bushfire Act.

Fire Brigade Act.

Machinery Act.

Meat Act.

Motor Omnibus Services Act.

Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Plant Diseases Act.

Public Health Act.

Public Parks Act.

Rabbit Destruction Act.

Weapons Act.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): For the information of members, I present the Treasurer's monthly financial statements for the year to date ended 30 April 1996 - these ones are accurate, by the way, Mr Speaker - which were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

Ministerial Statement

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the Premiers Conference, the Australian Loan Council and the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments held on 13 and 14 June 1996.

Leave granted.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, this year's Premiers Conference was conducted in a climate of severe fiscal restraint by the Commonwealth as it attempts to redress the $8 billion budget gap. It meant that the ACT, along with other States and Territories, was always going to face a tough fight. In the lead-up to the Premiers Conference, I met with the Prime Minister to argue the ACT's case for additional special revenue assistance in 1996-97, based on a number of factors, including the severe economic impact on the ACT of Commonwealth policies, including major cutbacks to the Australian Public Service; substantial adjustment by the ACT towards State-type funding - for example, Commonwealth general purpose payments to the ACT since self-government have been cut by 49 per cent in real terms; special circumstances of the ACT that are not taken into account by the Grants Commission's assessment; and the failure of New South Wales to pay for services consumed by its residents in the ACT.

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