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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2318 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

I am equivocal on the issue, although one issue that does emerge for me is having juvenile justice facilities and juvenile justice being dealt with by adult justice. I am equivocal on the issue of whether they should be in the same portfolio, but I would have liked the opportunity to consider this before the Government moved in the unilateral fashion that it did.

Mr Speaker, this is a serious matter which has come to the attention of the coroner. It is an unusual recommendation by the coroner. I do not remember a case before of the coroner recommending some sort of an inquiry by the Assembly. It is a serious matter that I suppose one would prefer not to have to deal with. But in the end it is a responsibility that we have to rise to, and I think it would be most appropriately dealt with in the form which has been suggested by Ms Tucker. That is why we will be supporting the amendment she has moved.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Paper and Ministerial Statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety): For the information of members, I present the consolidated financial management reports for the period ending 30 June 1999, pursuant to section 26 of the Financial Management Act. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I ask for leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have presented the consolidated financial management report for the month and financial year ending 30 June 1999. It contains a complete set of financial statements for the whole of the Territory, the general government sector and the public trading enterprise sector for both the month of June and the 1998-99 financial year.

As shown in the report, the Territory has recorded a preliminary operating loss of $135m. This result is a $14m improvement on budget and represents a $35m improvement upon the result of the previous year. Underlying the favourable result is the general government sector, which has recorded a preliminary loss of $122m. This result is $17m better than budget and is due to the combination of above-budget revenues, particular taxation revenue, and savings achieved in operating expenditure.

Mr Speaker, audited financial statements for the 1998-99 financial year will be tabled in the first sitting week in December. I commend to the Assembly the consolidated financial management report.

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