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We are also providing $1 million to undertake minor works to existing ESA stations and sheds, including painting, carpentry, gates, fences, carports and the like.

The package I announce today serves a number of purposes. It provides confidence to the local industry and it allows it to plan ahead with some certainty. It utilises the potential emergent capacity in the industry, and it gets the important work done now, rather than waiting until the next budget or the one after. Works that I have outlined earlier bring forward considerable benefits for our community. It is an important public statement of this government’s commitment to the territory’s asset base and to supporting local jobs.

I commend the local initiatives package and the third appropriation bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Appropriation Bill 2008-2009 (No 3)

Referral to committee

Motion (by Mr Smyth) agreed to:


(1) the Appropriation Bill 2008-2009 (No. 3) be referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry and report by Tuesday, 24 March 2009;

(2) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Committee has completed its report, the Committee may send its report to the Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publishing and circulation; and

(3) resumption of the debate on the question “That this Bill be agreed to in principle” be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2009

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

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (10.20): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2009 amends the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000 to allow for the administration of the first home owner boost. The

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