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Thank you, again, to all those who participated in this inquiry and those who helped to put together this report.

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

Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2)

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, supplementary budget papers and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (12.00): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR BARR: I present the Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2) and table the supplementary budget papers in accordance with section 13 of the Financial Management Act 1996. These supplementary papers provide the detail of all items covered in this bill.

The bill predominantly provides for the additional costs to agencies for funding recently agreed enterprise agreements. The government had made partial provision for these at the time of the 2011-12 budget. However, there is a need to appropriate additional funding now that negotiations have concluded. The Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2) provides for the appropriation of funds totalling $18.081 million in 2011-12. The amount appropriated is consistent with recent enterprise bargaining outcomes.

Additionally, the supplementary appropriation supporting budget papers detail the government’s decisions to provide additional authorisation for two key capital works projects: firstly, the Malkara school hydrotherapy pool replacement; and, secondly, the upgrade of Ashley Drive in Tuggeranong.

For the Malkara school, additional authorisation of $1.22 million is being provided for additional works to be undertaken on the hydrotherapy pool. The 2011-12 budget provided for $1.83 million for the refurbishment of the existing hydrotherapy pool at the Malkara school. As part of the project investigation phase, the Education and Training Directorate engaged a specialist consultant to provide advice on the pool facility and infrastructure. The report recommended that a new pool be constructed, and the government is proceeding with this work.

For Ashley Drive, this is a new project of $7 million to undertake detailed design, document preparation and construction work for stage 1 of the Ashley Drive upgrade. Stage 1 will include road and associated intersection improvements on Ashley Drive. Further improvements to intersections at Bugden Avenue and McBryde Crescent and dual carriageway extensions on Sternberg Crescent will also be included. This project

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