Page 2886 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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What is happening at the moment is that Shared Services Procurement is out there, giving workshops on the policy. The policy exists. So once again, it does make me wonder how much Mrs Dunne actually understands about this area. I think she would not have gone down the path of the amendment if she did understand there is already a policy. What people need, and what we need, is some set demonstration projects. We are very pleased that the government has come back to support those demonstration projects, because, as I said in my speech, that is one way that you really can get out there and promote the great benefits of what this can achieve.

What Ms Bresnan also mentioned in her speech was that there was that issue around being competitive and social ventures. That is part of what they get out there to do. There does need to be some competitiveness when tendering and so forth. But there also needs to be a little weighting in there for the importance of providing meaningful employment, a social engagement, ensuring that there is not social exclusion, that we are looking at social inclusion here in the ACT for many people, disadvantaged people, who do not have those other opportunities.

We just cannot in any way support Mrs Dunne’s amendment. It really does not show that there is an understanding of what is being put forward today. But I will say that we will support, at this stage, Ms Gallagher’s amendment to this motion. As I said, they are minor matters. They are technical in nature. They do shorten a couple of the parts of the motion, but pretty much it is the same as it was originally written. Yes, we will support the government’s amendment but not Mrs Dunne’s amendment.

Mrs Dunne’s amendment to Ms Gallagher’s proposed amendment negatived.

Ms Gallagher’s amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 6.10 to 7.40 pm.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Appropriation Bill 2011-2012

[Cognate paper:

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee report—government response]

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.5—Territory and Municipal Services Directorate—$270,991,000 (net cost of outputs) and $235,826,000 (capital injection), totalling $506,817,000.

Debate resumed from 28 June 2011.

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