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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (18 February) . . Page.. 98 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Mark Mullins, dated 16 December 2002.

Bronwen Overton-Clarke, dated 23 December 2002.

Richard Johnston, dated 8 and 14 January 2003.

Richard Johnson, dated 6 February 2003.

Adrian Robertson, dated 16 December 2003 and 15 January 2003.

Ian Hubbard, dated 23 December 2002.

Andrew Rice, dated 16 December 2002 and 6 January 2003.

David Snell, dated 30 January 2003.

John Meyer, dated 8 February 2003 -

I ask leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 10 December 2002. Today I present nine long-term contracts, nine short-term contracts and 19 contract variations. The details of the contracts will be circulated to all members.

Financial Statements

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 26 (4) - Consolidated Financial Management Report for the financial quarter and year to date ending 31 December 2002 -

I ask leave to make a short statement in relation to the report.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Members will notice in the statements just tabled a revised estimate for the rest of this financial year. I would normally have left that to members to read themselves, as they no doubt would have.

We have today a press release put out by Mr Smyth, saying "budget blown before bushfire disaster,"and I want to refer to a couple of elements of this press release because I think it is important and because Mr Pratt slavishly and ill-informedly referred to it in his question.

Within this press release Mr Smyth compared the bottom line, a whole-of-government figure for 31 December-that is, government operations and business operations-to the expected performance of just government operations. It is not an auspicious start to throw around incorrect numbers that have dramatic effect.

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