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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 387 ..



Mr Speaker, public hearings into the second aspect of the report are scheduled for a couple of weeks' time. The committee is also looking at the option of visiting some of the bigger councils - Brisbane, Newcastle and Wollongong - to have a look at how they operate. That will be done in the next couple of weeks. In summary, I think all of us - you included, Mr Speaker - agree that it would be much simpler and that a combined report would be much easier for the Assembly and for the community as a whole to look at.

I thank the Assembly for their patience on this issue. I also thank especially Mr Cummins, our secretary, who has been juggling both inquiries. I am certain that when the report is tabled, with both issues covered, the Assembly will be satisfied with the final result.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (10.36): I move:

(1) That this Assembly and the Executive aim to ensure that the people of Canberra continue to enjoy a healthy, safe, diverse, inclusive and contributing community with a high quality of life, supported by a government which provides quality services now and into the future.

(2) To assist in the Executive's preparation of a Budget which will meet the approval of the people of Canberra and their elected representatives the following principles must be addressed:

Responsible Financial Management

(a) the respective roles of the Executive and the Assembly in ensuring responsible fiscal management of the Territory;

(b) the social and economic criteria against which financial management strategies ought to be examined;

Budget Priorities

(c) the level of revenue which the Territory should raise, and how that level should be achieved;

(d) the level of expenditure which the budget should incur, and any specific priorities for expenditure;

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