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I would hope and the opposition would hope also that the Treasurer will be much more rigorous in the coming fiscal year in ensuring that requests by agencies to spend money from the Treasurer’s advance are put through the unforeseen and urgent test and that their reasons in more detail are disclosed to the Assembly. I think there would be a lot more comfort if the reasons were expanded beyond the rather trite explanations that we see in the documents that have been tabled, particularly of late.

Mr Speaker, we will be supporting this line item, but those are some of the concerns that have existed and we hope that they will be taken into account in the future.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—total appropriations, $1,732,880,000 (net cost of outputs), $466,568,000 (capital injection) and $379,644,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $2,604,792,000, agreed to.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR QUINLAN (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Business, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (10.39): I move the amendment circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2647].

The amendment allows for the fact that there is not time to complete the legal niceties this evening and the words need to be changed a little to make sure that the budget operates immediately from midnight tonight.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 3 to 13, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Schedule 2 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Schedule 1, Part 1.12—Department of Urban Services—reconsideration.

Motion (by Mr Mulcahy) agreed to:

That Schedule 1, Part 1.12 be reconsidered.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.12—Department of Urban Services, $214.611,000 (net cost of outputs) and $74,999,000 (capital injection), totalling $289,610,000.

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