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Where part of a question taken on notice falls within the purview of another minister, the minister to whom the question has been directed should either (a) ensure that a copy of the question is forwarded to the relevant minister to provide a direct response, and the Committee advised that this has occurred, or (b) seek input from the relevant minister and incorporate it in his or her response to the Committee.


… that details of the reasons for the Planning and Land Authority’s decisions to adopt a single select or select tender process for its procurements be included in future annual reports.

In closing, I would like to thank Minister Corbell, Minister Barr and their accompanying officials for assisting the committee in this inquiry and for providing their time and expertise as witnesses at the public hearings. I would also like to thank my fellow committee members Ms Le Couteur and Mr Coe, the committee secretary, Veronica Strkalj, and the Committee Office staff. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 23 February 2012, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.39): The opposition will be supporting this appropriation bill this afternoon. There are three main components to the bill. The first is some $19 million to assist with meeting the costs of the recently negotiated EBAs. It is always appropriate to ensure that ACT public servants are paid appropriately, so we will be supporting that component.

The second and third components relate to some capital works. Firstly, there is money to replace the Malkara hydrotherapy pool. I could not imagine that anyone in this place would vote against such a notion, and I wish Malkara every success with the new pool. When the renovations began it was found that it would be more practical simply to replace the pool than repair and upgrade it, so we are certainly in favour of that.

The third aspect of course is to appropriate money for the commencement of the upgrade to Ashley Drive. The Ashley Drive upgrade was the subject of three recommendations in the public accounts committee’s report on the bill, and I note in the government’s response that the government has agreed with all three of the recommendations in regard to the Ashley Drive upgrade.

The first recommendation of the committee was that the government, before they proceeded with the works, might reconsider the sequencing, in an attempt to minimise

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