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Budget week sittings - 12 to 15 June

State Budget 2018

The Queensland Parliament's annual budget week sittings for 2018 occurred from 12 to 15 June.

On 12 June, the Treasurer delivered the budget speech and tabled the Appropriation Bills.
(An Appropriation Bill is a legislative act proposing to authorise the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose.)

The second reading debate on the Appropriation Bills then followed on 14 and 15 June. 

At the conclusion of this second reading debate, the Appropriation Bills were referred to the Parliament's portfolio committees for further scrutiny. 
This is known as the estimates process with each of the Parliament’s seven portfolio committees tasked with scrutinising the proposed budgets for each of the government departments that they are responsible for overseeing. Collectively, the seven portfolio committees oversee and scrutinise all government departments.

These Estimates committee hearings occurred from 24 July to 2 August 2018.
Following these hearings, each committee reports their findings to the Parliament.

This scrutiny by the Parliament of the government's annual financial requirements is an important and powerful feature of the legislature's role.