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would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and its support staff for its efforts and assessment of Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 (No 2). The government respects and values the critical role played by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in scrutinising its proposed expenditure.
The government welcomes the committee’s two recommendations and agrees to the recommendation relating to the ACT land rent scheme, and supports the committee’s final recommendation for the Assembly to pass Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 (No 2).
To conclude, Madam Speaker, the report of the standing committee and its recommendations do not raise any issues that would prevent the passing of the appropriation bill. On behalf of the government, I express thanks to the committee for its consideration of the bill and, of course, remind the Assembly of the important and essential investments being made through this second appropriation. I commend the appropriation bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to a later hour this day.
Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Assembly business, order of the day, relating to the Government response to Report No. 1 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, entitled Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 (No. 2), being called on and debated cognately with Executive business, order of the day No. 1—Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 (No. 2).
Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 (No 2)
Public Accounts—Standing Committee report 1—government response]
Debate resumed from 14 February 2013, on motion by Mr Smyth:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MADAM SPEAKER: I understand it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill cognately with the government response to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts report on the bill. That being the case, in debating order of the day No 1, executive business, members may also address their remarks to the government response to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts report on the bill.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.38): We live in interesting times. I never thought I would see a government response to a public accounts committee report where the government supported all the recommendations. Mr Seselja has scored the motser. He has got two out of two; he has got both recommendations up. One of the recommendations was simply to say that if the work has not already taken place that the government table in the Assembly a response to the post-implementation review