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everybody for their contributions to the debate on the appropriation bill. It is, of course, the most significant bill that any government introduces in any year. It deserves the level of scrutiny and attention that has been paid to it through this process. I acknowledge the very significant effort that members have made in their contributions to the debate, and I thank them for that.

The government is very pleased with this budget; it is the strongest budget that has ever been delivered by an ACT government. It does reflect the enormous work that this government has done over the last few years to secure our balance sheet and our budget to ensure that it is sustainable and allows us to invest in the way that this budget illustrates that we are investing, not just in services but also in infrastructure. I am very pleased and proud of the budget. I am pleased that members, whilst perhaps not sharing my enthusiasm or that of the government for it, have taken the time and effort that they have in the contributions they have made.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Clauses 1 to 11, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Schedule 2 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent orders of the day Nos 1 and 2, Assembly business, relating to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2008-2009 and the government response to the report being called on forthwith.

Estimates 2008-2009—Select Committee


Debate resumed from 26 June 2008, on motion by Ms Porter:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Estimates 2008-2009—Select Committee

Report—government response

Debate resumed from 26 June 2008, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

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