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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 825 ..

MR RUGENDYKE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I understand, Minister, that a payment of $28,000 was made by Casino Canberra to the Government in January of this year. If you do not know, could you find out what that might have been for?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I would be delighted to get the information for the member.

MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 3.00 pm, in accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier this day, I call upon Mrs Carnell.


MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.00): I present the Appropriation Bill 1998-99, together with its explanatory memorandum and the following associated budget papers:

Budget speech 1998-99 (Budget Paper No. 1).

The 1998-99 Budget at a glance (Budget Paper No. 2).

Budget Overview 1998-99 (Budget Paper No. 3).

Budget Estimates 1998-99 (Budget Paper No. 4).

Building our future to create jobs - 1998-99 Budget Initiatives for Employment and Business.

Later this afternoon I will be presenting the ownership agreements and the purchase agreements relating to my portfolio. Other Ministers will also be presenting the purchase agreements relating to their portfolios.

Title read by Clerk.


That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this Government has a vision for the future of Canberra as the clever, caring capital of Australia - a capital that has a dynamic and sustainable economy, and a city that has a safe, active and healthy community. The budget I present today is focused upon realising these goals over the next four years. It builds on the direction we established over our first three years in office and plots the course on which we hope to take Canberra as we head into the twenty-first century. Our budget strategy is also realistic. It recognises and responds directly to the challenges and opportunities that are affecting residents, businesses and community organisations today. For the ACT to succeed and prosper as the best place in which to live and work in Australia, it will take leadership,

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