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business, the government’s response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2005-2006.

Standing order 180 sets down the order in which this bill will be considered. In the detail stage, any schedule expressing the services for which the appropriation is to be made must be considered before the clauses. Unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the schedules will be considered by proposed expenditure in the orders shown.

With the concurrence of the Assembly, I am proposing that the Assembly consider schedule 1 by each part, consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of the territory. Is this the wish of the Assembly? That being the case, schedule 1 will be considered by each part, consisting of net cost of outputs, capital injection and payments on behalf of the territory, then the clauses prior to schedule 2 and then the title.

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.1—Legislative Assembly Secretariat, $5,199,000 (net cost of outputs), $800,000 (capital injection) and $4,300,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $10,299,000.

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (11.14): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2408].

Mr Speaker, there are several matters that are dealt with in the amendment that is presently being circulated and these have been prepared with the advice of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, who assures me that these amendments are consistent with standing order 201 and the self-government act.

I might first deal with the matter of the Legislative Assembly. As we are aware, the Legislative Assembly sought extra capital funding for 2005-06 to enable a significant redesign of the public entrance, largely involving a change of the entrance to improve security. In addition, Mr Speaker, on the behalf of the Assembly, sought funding of an additional $129,000 in this budget to address staffing and public sector management-type issues in the Secretariat and committee office.

The estimates committee assessed the staffing needs of the offices that supported the Legislative Assembly and recommendation No 12 from the estimates committee was that the government re-assign from within the budget $129,000 for legislative staffing needs. Thus, my amendment here proposes to move $129,000 from capital injection to net cost of outputs, amongst other matters.

Since this was a prevailing view of the committee, and not part of the dissenting report, I would hope that my colleagues—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Mulcahy, I have just taken some advice on your amendment, which I have just received. I will refer you first of all to a motion that was put by Mr Humphries on 23 November 1995. It goes as follows:

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