Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 1863 ..
Debate resumed from 2 September 1998.
MR SPEAKER: I remind members that we have 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 will be considered by proposed expenditure in the order shown. I remind members that we have previously agreed to consider Schedule 1 by part, appropriation unit and departmental totals, then the clauses prior to Schedule 2 and the title.
Part 10 - InTACT
Proposed expenditure - The InTACT Group, $80,000,000 (comprising capital injection, $80,000,000)
MR CORBELL (10.55): Mr Speaker, the Government's efforts in relation to the InTACT Group are, from my perspective and the perspective of the Opposition, very much a mixed bag. It is certainly pleasing to see that the Government is taking steps to address the year 2000 problem or the millennium bug, as it is often called, within the ACT government service. There is a significant amount of money allocated within the ACT government service and within this area to deal with that problem.
I must say, Mr Speaker, that one of the concerns that we did raise during the Estimates Committee process, and which was outlined during questioning in those committee hearings, was the merging of the InTACT Group with CanDeliver and the potential concerns that we saw for that later down the track, particularly in relation to potential for privatisation or, indeed, for requiring the InTACT Group to operate on a commercial or a competitive basis with other information technology providers outside the ACT government service.