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Marni Bower, dated 13 October 2005.

Michael Chisnall, dated 8 December 2005.

Pamela Davoren, dated 3 January 2006.

Philip Dorling, dated 22 December 2005 and 3 January 2006.

Robyn Hardy, dated December 2005.

Stephen Finn, dated 8 December 2005.

Susan Barr, dated 20 December 2005.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I have presented, pursuant to the Public Sector Management Act, three long-term contracts, 17 short-term contracts and 17 contract variations. The details will be circulated to members.

Legislation program—Autumn 2006

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program—Autumn 2006, dated February 2006.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the government’s legislation program for the autumn 2006 sittings. Ever since its election, the government has been getting on with the job of building services and opportunities for the people of the ACT. We have also undertaken myriad reforms, such as to tax laws, workers compensation laws and human rights laws. We will continue to do so whilst still being economically, socially and environmentally responsible in the current tight budgetary circumstances. To this end, the government will in March finalise its broad-ranging review of government structures and programs to further sharpen its capacity to deliver to all Canberrans the kinds of world-class services to which they are accustomed.

Today, I will only briefly outline some of the legislation that the government will introduce during the autumn 2006 sitting period, mindful of the time I have. The first responsibility of any government is sound financial management. As well as the functional review that will report shortly, other regular expenditure review processes will continue to ensure that our systems are flexible enough and robust enough to accommodate change and will meet unforeseen contingencies. In this regard, the 2006-07 appropriation bill will be central to the government’s legislative and financial agenda, providing appropriation to administrative units for the 2006-07 financial year. The bill will be tabled in June, together with the budget papers.

A new Duties Amendment Bill will follow up the ACT’s commitment to taxation reform under the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Reform of Commonwealth-State

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