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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3883 ..

MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

successful move from cash to accrual accounting. I do not expect you to know what accrual accounting means; but sit down and listen. You should have been taking notes. You might learn something. Mr Speaker, this stands in stark contrast to the previous Government, which in one year alone - that is 1991-92 - did not even have the majority of agency annual reports submitted by 30 September. So, for Mr Berry and others to come into this place yesterday and criticise one annual report or some accounts being reported late, with the approval of the Auditor-General, to me, Mr Speaker, is hypocrisy in the highest degree.

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. That was a very fine and detailed explanation, and I thank the Minister for it. I was not sure that I understood yesterday, but I do understand now. From what the Minister says, rather than the implied - - -

Members interjected.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Kaine is asking a supplementary question.

MR KAINE: Let Ms McRae cackle away. She does it all the time. It does not disturb me in the slightest. Rather than the implied criticism that the questions yesterday laid at the door of this Government, it seems that, in fact, it rebounded. It is Opposition members who have egg on their faces, because the facts relate to matters that occurred while they were supposedly running this Territory.

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Kaine for his supplementary question. Mr Speaker, there is no doubt that this Government is the first government - State, Federal or local - in this country to put in a form of accrual accounting. This Government has exposed all the deficient accounting methods adopted by previous governments. Can I say that we will continue to expose those deficient methods, Mr Speaker. It is a pity that the members opposite do not, in fact, sit down and learn something about accrual accounting and proper accounting methods. I was in Melbourne only last week, at a local councils meeting, where the ACT Liberal Government was praised by all and sundry for having the guts to bring in an accrual accounting system. Mr Kaine, I know that you understand the accrual accounting system. Ms Follett might understand it as well. But it is a pity that others opposite do not sit down and find out exactly what is going on.

Dillybag Cafe

MS REILLY: My question is to the Minister for Family Services and Minister for Children's and Youth Services. The proceeds of the Dillybag Cafe in the Woden Town Centre library have contributed to the running of the Woden Community Service for many years, and now the Minister for Urban Services will be evicting the Dillybag Cafe on Christmas Eve. Will the Minister be compensating the Woden Community Service by increasing its grant to replace the money that it will lose as it will no longer be able to operate the Dillybag Cafe?

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