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Thursday, 16 November 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Consolidated financial results

Statement by member

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo): I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted

MR MULCAHY: Mr Speaker, I would like to make a clarification in relation to a media statement that I made on 15 November 2006 regarding the September quarter 2006 consolidated financial results. My statement indicating that the amount in excess of budget applying to ACT government departments represented the actual outcome instead of the amount in excess of the budgeted outcome for ACT Health, the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Territory and Municipal Services was inaccurate.

Tuesday was a particularly challenging day in my office and, as a result, the level of precision that is usually applied to analysing economic data was not applied, for reasons that are probably fairly obvious. I would like to assure the Assembly that I had no intention to mislead or to misrepresent the quarterly figures published in the report. I would say that it has always been my policy, if an error is made, to correct that as quickly as I possibly can.


MR SPEAKER: At this stage I acknowledge the presence of in the gallery of commerce classes from Burgmann Anglican School. Welcome.

Members: Hear, hear!

Long Service Leave (Contract Cleaning Industry) Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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