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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 23 August 2018) . . Page.. 3532 ..


MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (12.10): This will be the last opportunity to speak on the budget, so I particularly thank the team within ACT treasury for once again delivering a very comprehensive set of budget papers and answering hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of questions during the estimates process. I also acknowledge the very hard work of my office, particularly Dr Jen Rayner, for coordinating what has been a very significant budget for the territory.

This is the single biggest piece of work undertaken within government each year, and it is always very pleasing to arrive at this stage in the budget process. With an extensive amount of scrutiny and two weeks of budget debate, I think we can confidently say that the ACT budget and the appropriations that are edging up towards $6 billion are the most scrutinised $6 billion in Australian politics, and that is a very good thing.

Having said that, I thank my ministerial colleagues for their hard work during the budget process. And it is all about to start again, Madam Speaker.

Title agreed to.

Question put:

That the bill be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 13

Noes 10

Mr Barr

Ms Le Couteur

Miss C Burch

Mr Milligan

Ms Berry

Mr Pettersson

Mr Coe

Mr Parton

Ms J Burch

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Cody

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Fitzharris

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Gentleman

Ms Lee

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2018-2019

Debate resumed from 5 June 2018, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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