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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 11 August 2016) . . Page.. 2784 ..

The final cost of chamber modifications is being tied down. The cost of design, fabrication and installation of the new table and associated works will be in the order of $40,000. I am advised that a further $15,000 is budgeted to cover the cost of re-imagining the existing bookcases and installing handrails to access the Speaker’s chair, as well as ancillary costs for things like concrete cutting, carpeting, manufacturing and wiring of display boards. Once again, I have seen a pragmatic approach taken to producing a workable solution that will be cost effective and, most importantly, retain the architectural integrity of the chamber.

Members, again I thank the people involved in all these projects. I thank all the people who worked in this building for their cooperation and good humour during the building works. Together I believe we have created an exciting new chapter for the ACT Legislative Assembly.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Commissioner for Standards—Annual Report for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2106, dated 18 July 2016.

Ombudsman Act, pursuant to section 21—Ombudsman complaint statistics—Quarterly report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2016 and annual statistics for 2015-16, dated 29 July 2015.

Standing orders for the 9th Assembly—Speaker’s discussion paper, dated August 2016.

Financial Management Act—consolidated financial report

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 26—Consolidated Financial Report—Financial quarter ending 30 June 2016—2015-16 Interim Result, including financial instruments signed during the quarter.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I present to the Assembly the June quarter consolidated financial report for the territory. I am delighted to advise the Assembly that the territory’s fiscal position has improved significantly in the 2015-16 year. We see a further $60 million improvement in the territory’s financial position. The deficit for the 2015-16 year is $60 million lower than projected at the time of the budget.

I am pleased to report that this interim financial result is positive, reflecting an improvement in the key fiscal measures such as general government sector headline

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