Report No. 38, 55th Parliament - Consideration of the 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates

committee's Report

The committee tabled its report together with an accompanying volume of additional information on 4 August 2017.  

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Estimates 2017

The estimates process aids the Parliament in its scrutiny of the Government’s proposed expenditure. Since 1994, committees of the Parliament have undertaken the estimates process, by examining and reporting on the proposed expenditures contained in the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill.

In 2017 the examination of the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill was considered by the seven portfolio committees.

During the estimates process each portfolio committee held  a public hearing (on a day between 18 and 27 July 2017) at which the Speaker and Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) were questioned regarding the portfolio’s proposed expenditures for the relevant portfolio areas. Other Members of the Legislative Assembly who are not members of the committee also asked questions, with the leave of the committee.

At its public hearing on 21 July 2017, the Agriculture and Environment Committee questioned the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development for regarding the proposed expenditures for their portfolio areas.

Following the committee’s hearing, the committee members met, discussed the information gained and compiled a final report for tabling in Parliament. The reports were then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bills.


Hearing Program -  Friday 21 July 2017
Hearing Transcript - the transcript is now available.  
Hearing broadcast – The broadcast is available to view by clicking on the movie icon within the transcript (the icon is at the start of each session). 

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