Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3449 ..
(3) Have any additional funds been spent on this project in the period 1August to 25 August, if so, how much and for what purpose;
(4) The closing date for submissions for the Economic White Paper was 2 May 2003, have details regarding those submissions been released publicly, if so, where can copies be obtained, if not, why not;
(5) When will the Government respond to these submissions;
(6) When will the Economic White Paper be finalised and what is the total estimated cost of this paper.
Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) $507,057 (GST exclusive) has been spent on the preparation of the Economic White Paper and its Discussion Paper as at 31 July 2003.
(2) The following table outlines for what purpose each amount of money has been expended.
Consultants General - External
Consultants General - Internal
Contractors - External
Venue and Equipment Hire
(3) $6,817 (GST exclusive) was expended in the period 1 August to 25 August 2003 on the preparation of the Economic White Paper. The following table outlines for what purpose each amount of money has been expended.
Contractors General - External
(4) Submissions have been made available to the Government's business advisory boards - Business Canberra, Knowledge-Based Economy Board and Small and Micro Business Advisory Council. Submissions have not been released publicly. Broad details regarding the amount of submissions received, from whom and common themes were released publicly on 5 June 2003 (see attached press release).
(5) Those people who provided a submission in response to the ACT Government's Discussion Paper received a letter of thanks from the Government in early June 2003.
(6) The Economic White Paper is due to be released in late November. $513,874 (GST exclusive) has been expended on the preparation of the Economic White Paper and its Discussion Paper as at 25 August 2003. At this stage an additional $145,000 has been allocated to the completion of Economic White Paper activities.