Debates Day 4 - Friday 23 June 2006
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DEBATES Friday 23 June 2006 2626 been received and circulated to honourable members. Petition No 20 Improvement of OLoughlin Catholic College Bus Service Date presented: 4 May 2006 Presented by: Mr Mills Referred to: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Date response due: 11 October 2006- Date response received: 15 June 2006 Date response presented: 23 June 2006 Thank you for your letter dated 4 May 2006, forwarding Petition No 20 read in the Legislative Assembly on 4 April 2006, regarding better bus service for OLoughlin students. An increase of some 40% in student enrolments was experienced by OLoughlin College in 2006 that required public transport to and from Palmerston and the rural area. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure and OLoughlin College have worked together to meet the student transport need. On 3 May 2006, the department engaged the services of a 21-seat bus from a local bus operator and to date this initiative has proven to be successful. SPECIAL ADJOURNMENT Mr HENDERSON (Leader of Government Business): Madam Speaker, I move that the Assembly at its rising adjourn until Tuesday, 22 August 2006 at 10 am or such other time and/or date as may be set by Madam Speaker, pursuant to sessional order. APPROPRIATION BILL 2006-07 (Serial 50) Continued from 15 June 2006. Madam SPEAKER: I will be vacating the Chair and the Acting Chairman of Committees will take the Chair. In committee: Mr ACTING CHAIRMAN: I call on the member for Sanderson, Mr Kiely to present his report. Mr KIELY : Mr Acting Chairman, I have pleasure in tabling the report of the Estimates Committee and the Government Owned Corporation Scrutiny Committee in its considerations of the estimates of proposed expenditure contained in the schedule to the Appropriation Bill 2006-07 (Serial 50). I advise honourable members that any outstanding information, including answers to outstanding questions taken on notice, will be tabled during the August 2006 sittings of the Assembly. Upon receipt of outstanding answers the committee secretariat will be updating the questions taken on notice database and, when completed, a composite set of the questions and answers will be placed on the Legislative Assembly website. The fifth public hearing of the Estimates Committee saw a significant increase to the overall hours available for the scrutiny of Budget 2006-07. Since the estimates process last year an additional ministerial portfolio has been added by government. Rather than reallocate the individual time frame for each ministerial portfolio to accommodate the additional minister, the decision was taken to duplicate the established time frame by providing a further block of four and a half hours on the Friday morning. This decision pushed out the total hours available for the Estimates Committee to scrutinise the Appropriation Bill 2006-07 to a total of 45 hours. Apart from the overall increase in the total hours committee members, ministers, chief executives and their support staff now appear to have settled down to working through the established protocols of the Estimates Committee public hearings. I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Public Accounts Committee who form the core membership of the Estimates Committee for the manner in which these public hearings have been conducted. I would also like to place on the record a vote of appreciation from the committee to all other members who participated in the public hearing process. Thank you also to Legislative Assembly staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the whole process ran smoothly, in particular the Table Office and Hansard for their prompt delivery of the Daily Hansard rushes during the day. There were occasions this year where the opposition members of the Estimates Committee were placed in a situation where they were not able to manage their time to allow every agency within individual ministerial portfolios to be questioned. Despite an additional four-and-a-half hours this year there were a number of agencies which were excluded from participating in the estimates
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