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important that the government restrains expenditure, particularly given that we face the considerable threat of an Abbott government cutting 20,000 public service jobs from our economy.
Reflecting this in developing the 2013-14 budget, the government will closely review the sustainability and structure of the budget, its borrowing strategy, the capital works program and service delivery. This will involve decisions to ensure our budget position is sustainable for the long-term to continue delivering high-quality services—notably, in disability services through the national disability insurance scheme and in education through the Gonski reforms.
Our priority infrastructure projects such as light rail and the new northside hospital are also key priorities for the government. In particular, we will be ensuring that expenditure is restrained, including driving savings and efficiencies in the use of consultants, advertising, travel and printing, delaying some projects, continuing to review our capital program and driving further efficiency in the ACT public service.
The budget review confirms that the territory economy is strong and that our budget is on track to return to surplus. I commend the 2012-13 budget review to the Assembly, and I move:
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.
Planning and Development Act 2007—schedule of leases
Paper and statement by minister
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule—Leases granted for the period 1 October to 31 December 2012.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MR CORBELL: Section 242 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 requires that a statement be tabled in the Assembly each quarter outlining details of leases granted by direct sale. The schedule I now table covers the leases granted for the period 1 October 2012 to 31 December 2012. In addition, 49 single-dwelling house leases were granted by direct sale for the quarter. Thirty-five of these were land rent leases.