Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 1943 ..
This government has record revenue and expenditure to match. However, we do not have the unprecedented services that should go hand in hand with this. I am sick of this government measuring everything by how much it spends. I want to be part of a Liberal government that prides itself on how little money we take from taxpayers. It is not good enough for higher expenditure to be the mechanism by which success is measured. We need to shift the focus to outputs and not inputs.
We should be looking at all our services in deciding whether the government should be delivering them or whether business or community groups are better placed to serve our community. Canberrans pay too much and get very little in return. This culture of big spending and bad services must end. This budget fails our finances, fails our families and fails the territory.
At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Reference to Select Committee on Estimates 2010-2011
Motion (by Ms Gallagher) agreed to:
That the Appropriation Bill 2010-2011 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2010-2011.
Standing order 156—advice
Paper and statement by Speaker
MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to a resolution of the Assembly on 25 March 2010, I present the following paper:
Standing order 156—Advice from the Ethics and Integrity Adviser, dated 5 May 2010.
Members, I make a brief comment. The report from the ethics and integrity adviser raises some substantive questions regarding both the Assembly’s standing orders and the self-government act. I would like to foreshadow that I will be raising these questions in the Administration and Procedure Committee and would welcome views from all members on steps that may be taken in response to the advice of the ethics and integrity adviser.
Public Accounts—Standing Committee
Report 6––government response
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (6.02): On behalf of the Chief Minister