Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 1705 ..
MR QUINLAN (9.26): I will not be long. I want to assure Mr Smyth that my colleagues were not casting aspersions on either him or his staff because they have no say in what is going on anyway.
I wish to make a comment in relation to the can-do culture. From my observations in the short time I have been here, that can-do culture appears to be degenerating into a culture of arrogance as well. There is a clear picture at times that we have government by a group that includes very few elected representatives. I think that is a very serious problem for the ACT and the way we do things.
That the proposed expenditure be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 10 NOES, 7 Ms Carnell Mr Berry Mr Cornwell Mr Corbell Mr Hird Mr Hargreaves Mr Humphries Mr Quinlan Mr Kaine Mr Stanhope Mr Moore Ms Tucker Mr Osborne Mr Wood Mr Rugendyke Mr Smyth Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the affirmative.
Part 6 - Central Financing Unit
Proposed expenditure - Central Financing Unit, $22,562,000 (comprising capital injection, $1,577,000; and payments on behalf of the Territory, $20,985,000)
MR QUINLAN (9.31): Mr Speaker, I have a couple of comments to make. I think we established during the Estimates Committee process that some of the outyears estimates within these budgets are not a lot of use because the Government's intentions, although heralded, have not been factored into them.
Ms Carnell: Like what?
MR QUINLAN: Look, we went through the questions to Mr Lilley, while you were there, Chief Minister, about the usefulness of the forward estimates in these things and the contributions made, which seem to be growing, but yet the Government intended to reduce it. I tried to discover for the outyears how much of the contribution was to be continued and considered to be a level of service that we wanted to provide versus - - -