Page 2473 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 6 August 2013

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Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee


MR HANSON (Molonglo-Leader of the Opposition) (10.24): Pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2013-2014 (3 volumes), dated 30 July 2013, incorporating dissenting report (Dr Bourke and Mr Gentleman), together with a copy of the relevant minutes of proceedings and answers to questions on notice and questions taken on notice.

I move:

That the report be noted.

It gives me great pleasure to follow such a wonderful speech from my newest member, Ms Lawder, and I would like to start by congratulating her on what was a very fine speech which I think is the start of what is going to be an exceptionally good parliamentary career. Welcome to the Assembly. It is wonderful to have you here. I am sure that all members would feel the same way, perhaps those on the opposite side a little less so, but it is great to have you.

The Select Committee on Estimates 2013-2014 was established on 28 February 2013 to examine the expenditure proposals contained in the Appropriation Bill 2013-2014 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2013-14, as well as any revenue estimates proposed by the ACT government in the 2013-14 budget. The committee held public hearings over 12 days, from 14 June to 1 July 2013 inclusive and deliberated on the committee’s report in three days of private meetings. A total of 205 questions were taken as questions on notice by ministers and officials during the hearings and an additional 70 questions on notice were submitted subsequent to the hearings, taking the total number of questions to 275.

The committee engaged the Centre for International Economics to provide expert advice and review the ACT budget, and the findings of the budget adviser assisted members throughout the hearings. The Centre for International Economics report is appended to the committee’s report, and I would like to thank them for their report.

The committee agreed to a reporting approach that provides a brief record of all of the key issues raised in the hearings, with the substantive discussion of issues where recommendations were warranted, and the committee has made 151 recommendations across the portfolios. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the committee members to thank the ministers, the officials and community members who appeared at the public hearings and all of the departmental staff who assisted the process, particularly in their answering of questions on notice and questions taken on notice.

As I did in my budget reply speech, let me again quote Jon Stanhope and what he said in 2001:

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