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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 1441 ..

Report on the Appropriation Bill 1998-99

MR BERRY (11.38): In presenting the report to the Assembly, I want, first of all, to thank the many people who have worked patiently and diligently to prepare this report. I thank my Assembly colleagues, deputy chair Paul Osborne, Simon Corbell, Harold Hird and Dave Rugendyke. It was - - -

MR SPEAKER: Before we proceed any further, Mr Berry, it being 45 minutes after commencement of Assembly business, the debate is interrupted in accordance with standing order 77.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (11.39): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion that Assembly business has precedence of Executive business.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I move:

That Assembly business has precedence of Executive business until the sitting of the Assembly is suspended for lunch this day.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, pursuant to order, I present the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 1998-99 on the Appropriation Bill 1998-99, including two dissenting reports and additional comments, together with the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to the Speaker for circulation on Monday, 24 August 1998, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 26 May 1998. I move:

That the report be noted.

At the outset I heard the Chief Minister giggling about the dissenting reports, et cetera, which are attached to this report. Of course, it has not been the objective of the committee process in this place since 1989 to bury the ideas of others on the basis of number crunching in committees. It never has been.

Mr Moore: No, it is about trying to get some consensus.

MR BERRY: And it is not about trading off the ideals of members just to get consensus. Mr Speaker, as I said, I thank the people who assisted me in the pursuit of this inquiry. Another group of people who have to be thanked emphatically are those who worked very hard to bring the report together in its final form. They are Bill Symington, the committee secretary, and his assistant secretaries - in this case, Fiona Clapin, Judith Henderson, Beth Irvin and Rod Power - and, of course, the administrative assistant, Kim Blackburn, who has been as accurate as ever in her dealings with committee matters.

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