Page 29 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 14 February 2006

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Question put:

That amendment No 2 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Mr Pratt

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (12.28): As discussed, Mr Speaker, I seek leave to withdraw my amendment No 3.

Leave granted.

Amendment withdrawn.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.29 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Review of government expenditure

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in November last year you established a functional review of all ACT government structures and programs. This review is headed by Michael Costello, the Managing Director of ACTEW. Among other terms of reference, you have asked this review for specific options for reducing expenditures. What expectation do you have that Mr Costello will achieve reductions in expenditure by the ACT government, and have you given Mr Costello a firm target for expenditure savings?

MR STANHOPE: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. Yes, certainly it is the case that the ACT government has sought a functional and strategic review of ACT government and service provision. We have specifically sought the functional review, which is chaired by Mr Michael Costello and comprises Mr Greg Smith, supported by Treasury and other officers.

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