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has been carried on in the last few days. I think next year we really need to have a think about how we are going to put this debate together so that there is time for people to express serious concerns about line items of the budget but not necessarily have a rave about every bit of history for the last 20 years of this Assembly.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Detail stage

Debate resumed.

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.7—Department of Treasury, $42,496,000 (net cost of outputs), $33,094,000 (capital injection) and $33,472,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $109,062,000.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (8.09): I thank members for their contributions to the appropriation bill debate regarding the Department of Treasury. This budget delivers targeted investments in the community; it maintains services; and it delivers on key election commitments. It is a prudent budget that rises to the challenges of the time.

This is a budget that recognises that temporary deficits are necessary to support economic growth; it is not a time for massive cuts to our services or increasing the financial burden on our community. This is a budget that supports jobs. It is a plan for the future. It provides for new spending initiatives with an average spend of $49 million. We are meeting the challenges that these demanding financial and economic times are placing on us and we are doing so in a measured and deliberate manner.

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