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That leave of absence be given to Ms Porter from 13 November to 31 December 2007 inclusive.

Motion (by Mrs Burke) agreed to:

That leave of absence be given to Mr Smyth for 13 to 15 November 2007 inclusive.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


Motion (by Mrs Burke) agreed to:

That Mr Smyth be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for the period 13 to 18 November 2007 and that Mrs Burke be appointed in his place for that period.

Appropriation Bill 2007-2008 (No 2)

Mr Stanhope, by leave, presented the bill, together with associated supplementary budget papers, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (10.38): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I present the Appropriation Bill 2007-2008 No 2. I also table the supplementary budget papers in accordance with section 13 of the Financial Management Act 1996. These papers provide the detail of all items covered in this bill. The bill provides for an increase in appropriations of $36.3 million in 2007-08, comprising $22.6 million for recurrent initiatives and $13.6 million for capital initiatives.

When I handed down the 2007-08 budget in June this year, it was a budget to take the territory forward. Today, I deliver another dividend. Today, the government sets in train a suite of initiatives that will take the territory even further forward. Every dollar of this additional appropriation consolidates and builds upon the government’s commitment and capacity to deliver to the community in areas of high priority.

Every dollar is an investment in a city that is smart, and that gives every one of its members the opportunity to fulfil their educational potential, starting with a public school system that is the system of first choice for Canberra families. It is a city that is striving to reduce its ecological footprint on the planet and to adapt to an uncertain climatic future and uncertain rainfall. It is a city of which all Canberrans can be proud, and on the streets of which all Canberrans can feel safe and secure. It is a city that

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