Page 89 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 9 December 2008

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Section 16 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise for the appropriation associated with a service or function to be transferred from the entity to which the appropriation is made to another entity. This package includes one instrument signed under section 16; $2.2 million of appropriation has been transferred from TAMS to the new Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water following the administrative arrangements orders of 10 November 2008. This transfer provides an initial appropriation pending resolution of the final funding arrangements for the new department and underpins a transfer of management and responsibility for policy regarding climate change, energy, water and environmental sustainability, as well as water and energy efficiency programs transferred from TAMS.

Section 16B of the FMA allows appropriations to be preserved from one financial year to the next, as outlined in the instrument signed by the Treasurer. The rollover of appropriation of $1.523 million has been approved for the Department of Treasury to enable the completion of the upgrade of the Oracle government financial system which was delayed due to protracted contract negotiations with the successful tenderer and additional time required to establish the development environment for the project. Additional time was also required to thoroughly test the operation of the new system and to train staff.

Section 18 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer’s advance to meet urgent and unforeseen cost pressures; $183,000 is being provided as Treasurer’s advance to the Canberra Institute of Technology for the provision of grant funding to Lions Youth Haven Inc to deliver learning opportunities at Westwood Farm.

Section 19B of the act allows for an appropriation to be authorised for any new commonwealth grants provided to the territory under agreement where no appropriation has been made in respect to those funds by direction of the Treasurer. This package includes one section 19B instrument. The ACT Planning and Land Authority has received $250,000 in new funding from the commonwealth from the housing affordability fund enabling the further development of ACTPLA’s electronic development assessment system and processes. Additional detail regarding these instruments is provided in the statement of reasons accompanying each instrument. I commend the instruments to the Assembly.

Gambling and Racing Commission

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (3.47): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Gaming Machine Act, pursuant to section 168—community contributions made by gaming machine licensees—eleventh report by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission—1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, dated 13 October 2008.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

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