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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3404 ..

Legislative Assembly) Act provides procedural and administrative advice and support to the Assembly and its committees. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (5.50), by leave: Madam Speaker, you in particular will be reassured to know that we are supporting supply to the Office of the Legislative Assembly and all associated offices

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee


Debate resumed from 1 August 2017, on motion by Mr Wall:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee

Report—government response

Debate resumed from 15 August 2017, on motion by Mr Barr:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (5.52), in reply: Very briefly, I thank all members for their contribution to the budget debate in this new format, with the budget debate occurring over two sitting weeks. That certainly avoided the need for 4 or 5 am finishes. I am certainly interested in members’ feedback in relation to debating the budget over a two-week period. The initial feedback to me has been that this has been a very positive way to conduct the debate. Subject to there not being violent disagreement from other parties, I would intend that this be the future format for the budget debate: two weeks in this period in August.

I thank all those who were involved in the production of the budget this year. It is the most significant piece of legislation that this Assembly debates. I particularly thank the team in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate as well as my own office who work incredibly hard on the budget each year. I commend the budget, the government response to the estimates committee report, the work of the estimates committee, to the Assembly and thank everyone for their engagement in the process.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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