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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 2817 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

appropriation. Provision for these costs was made during the budget. This funding is for: $2.4 million per annum to meet the cost of the EBA for ACT Fire Brigade personnel; $1.5 million in 2003-04 to the Department of Justice and Community Safety for the ambulance enterprise bargaining agreement; and $2.6 million per annum to the Department of Urban Services for the ACTION enterprise bargaining agreement.

The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services is provided with $1.1 million to address the capital requirements of the Griffin Centre. With improved facilities the government will be able to provide better migration resource services to the Canberra community. This funding is in addition to funding provided in previous years. In addition, ongoing funding of $0.65 million is allocated to the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services for providing secure accommodation and appropriate programs that will contribute to an existing client and community safety program-a recently emerging and urgent problem.

In summary, this Appropriation Bill will provide funding for various bushfire initiatives and reaffirm the government's commitment to adequately preparing the ACT for future bushfire seasons, including the coming season. It continues to provide for fair and equitable remuneration for our staff and it provides for additional services for our community. The impact of the bill on the operating result is $13.365 million. This result is net of the provision for enterprise bargaining agreements included in the 2003-04 budget. For the information of members, I also table supplementary budget papers in accordance with section 13 of the Financial Management Act and commend this bill to the Assembly.

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

Reference to committee

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (5.46), by leave: I move:


1. a Select Committee on Estimates be appointed to examine the expenditure proposals contained in Appropriation Bill 2003-2004 (No. 2);

2. the Committee be composed of:

(a) one member nominated by the Government;

(b) one member nominated by the Opposition;

(c) one member nominated by the Crossbench to be notified in writing to the Speaker within 30 minutes after the passing of this motion;

3. the Committee report by 23 September 2003;

4. if the Assembly is not sitting when the committee has completed its inquiry, the Committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publishing and circulation;

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