Consideration of 2013/2014 Portfolio Budget Estimates


Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee - 18 July 2013

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Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee – 18 July 2013


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 2013 the examination of the Appropriation Bill will be carried out by the seven portfolio committees and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill will be considered by the Committee of the Legislative Assembly.

During the estimates process (from 16 to 25 July 2013) each portfolio committee will hold a public hearing at which Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) are 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 may also ask questions, with the leave of the committee.

As part of its examination of the Parliamentary Estimates, the Committee of the Legislative Assembly will hold a public meeting on 16 July 2013, at which the Speaker, other Members of the Committee and the Clerk of the Parliament will take questions from Members of the Legislative Assembly.

When the committee’s hearings are completed, the committee members meet, discuss the information gained and compile a final report for tabling in Parliament. The reports are then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bill.


On 2 August 2013, the Committee tabled its Report No. 32, 2013-2014 Budget Estimates. A copy of the report is available here or can be accessed at Related Publications.


Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee - 18 July 2013

Estimates transcripts are also available from the Records of Proceedings webpages.  Go to this link and then click on the date of the hearing in 2013 to access the transcript:

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