Report No. 46, 54th Parliament - Consideration of 2014/2015 portfolio budget estimates

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The Finance and Administration Committee tabled its Report No. 46, 54th Parliament – Consideration of 2014/2015 Budget Estimates on 31 July 2014. The Appropriation Bill was passed by Parliament on 7 August 2014.

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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 2014 the examination of the Appropriation Bill was carried out by the seven portfolio committees and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill was considered by the Committee of the Legislative Assembly.

During the estimates process (from 15 to 17 July 2014) each portfolio committee held a public hearing at which 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 were not members of the committee also asked questions, with the leave of the committee.

As part of its examination of the Parliamentary Estimates, the Committee of the Legislative Assembly held a public meeting on 15 July 2014 and 17 July 2014, at which the Speaker, other Members of the Committee and the Clerk of the Parliament answered questions from Members of the Legislative Assembly.

At the public hearings on 15 and 17 July 2014, the Finance and Administration Committee questioned the Premier and the Treasurer regarding the proposed expenditures for their portfolio areas.

At the completion of the hearings, 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 Bill.


Finance and Administration Committee – 15 July 2014 – ProgramTranscript

Finance and Administration Committee – 17 July 2014 – ProgramTranscript        

The broadcasts of the hearings are available to view by clicking on the movie icon within the hearing transcripts at the beginning of each section.


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