Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (2 July) . . Page.. 2178 ..
MR QUINLAN (continuing):
there are large lumps under other headings and there are no notes attaching to them because possibly the volume has not changed much. I do recommend that the Government take note of that.
I also recommend that the Government take note of our recommendation that, if they have enough information to be able to give us an estimated outcome for the financial year in which the budget is prepared, then they should give us estimated outcomes in the tables where they quantify measures and outcomes because they would have that information. It is difficult when working through the budget to work out what the Government is doing in the next year if in fact the estimated money spent changes significantly but there are no figures to show whether the outputs changed commensurately. If you have enough information to produce the monetary amounts, then I think you have enough information to produce the numerical measures.
Now, this may be falling on deaf ears, but I think from what I have seen that there is a genuine attempt on the part of this Government to improve the quality of the budget as it is presented. There are a couple of constructive recommendations in the Estimates Committee report that I think the Government should take on board and make some effort on. I think we have dealt with most of the other matters. I think we had a debate on gaming taxes. They are separate. We have had a rating system debate. We have certainly had debate on Bruce. So, that will do me for that.
That the amendments (Ms Carnell's ) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES,8 NOES, 7 Ms Carnell Mr Berry Mr Hird Mr Corbell Mr Humphries Mr Hargreaves Mr Moore Mr Kaine Mr Osborne Mr Quinlan Mr Rugendyke Mr Stanhope Mr Smyth Ms Tucker Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the affirmative.
Proposed expenditure, as amended, agreed to.
Part 4 - ACT ExecutiveProposed expenditure - ACT Executive, $2,922,000 (comprising payments on behalf of the Territory, $2,922,000)