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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 278 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

Mr Speaker, I also table the following paper:

Supplementary Budget Paper-2002-2003-Appropriation Bill (No. 2).

As it is not possible to provide full financial statements of agencies within the timeframe for this bill, these additional supplementary papers will be updated during the March sittings. This is provided for under the Financial Management Act.

A statement on the use of the Treasurer's Advance to date is also provided in the documents I have put before the Assembly.

This bill also includes an amendment to the Financial Management Act. This amendment requires the provision of output and performance indicator information with updated departmental budgets. While this has been the practice in the past, it has never been required. This amendment strengthens the existing supplementary budget papers provisions.

Mr Speaker, in summing up, I would like to say that this has been a challenging time for Canberra. It is important that during such a time a careful eye is kept on financial control. This government is mindful to minimise the cost of such a disaster, while providing an appropriate, coordinated and timely response to those in need. I consider this bill to be just one step in the government's response.

I would like to record my congratulations of all of the administrators who since the day of the fire have been involved in the recovery and support effort. It has been a phenomenal contribution to our town.

Mr Speaker, I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee


MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (10.48): I seek leave to move a motion concerning the Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 (No 2).

Leave granted

MR SMYTH: I move:

That notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 174-

the Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 (No 2) be referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for report on 4 March 2003;

on the Committee presenting its report to the Assembly resumption of debate on the question "That this Bill be agreed to in principle"be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

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