Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1834 ..
Schedule 1 - Appropriations
Debate resumed from 1 September 1998.
MR SPEAKER: I remind members that we previously resolved to debate this order of the day concurrently with the Government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 1998-99 on the Appropriation Bill 1998-99. Therefore, in debating order of the day No. 1, Executive business, they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 1, Assembly business, relating to the Government's response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 1998-99 on the Appropriation Bill 1998-99.
Standing order 180 sets down the order in which this Bill will be considered; that is, in the detail stage, any Schedule expressing the services for which the appropriation is to be made must be considered before the clauses and, unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the Schedules shall be considered by proposed expenditure in the order shown. I remind members that we have previously agreed to consider Part 1 by part and appropriation unit and departmental totals, then the clauses prior to Schedule 2 and the title.
Part 9 - Department of Urban Services
Proposed expenditure - Urban Services, $268,826,000 (comprising net cost of outputs, $218,808,000; capital injection, $49,228,000; and payments on behalf of Territory, $790,000)
MR BERRY (8.17): At the outset of the debate in relation to Urban Services, I want to say that when we were approached about this issue earlier in the day it was Labor's view that we could sit on until 7 o'clock without a break, provided that we had concluded private members business. When I last spoke to Mr Humphries on this matter - it is a pity he is not here - we left it at about the 7 o'clock point, and he wandered off acknowledging our position. Some time later I was on my feet and Mr Corbell informed me, as the manager of Opposition business, that the moment I sat down we would break for an hour's dinner and come back. I understand that at no time was Mr Kaine or Ms Tucker consulted in relation to this issue. As I understand it, we protested about this and we were informed, "Well, that is too bad; we have the numbers". I want to draw your attention to something, members, through you, Mr Speaker. It was recorded in the last minutes of the government business meeting. This request was made: