Timetable of Hearings:
Date Time Portfolios Room
6 June 2000 8:00pm – 10:00pm Environment, Emergency Services and Corrective Services LC Chamber
8 June 2000 7:00pm – 9:00pm Local Government, Regional Development, and Rural Affairs Room 814/815
9 June 2000 9:30am – 11:30am Information Technology, Energy, Forestry, and Western Sydney LC Chamber
9 June 2000 3:30pm – 5:30pm Agriculture, and Land and Water Conservation Room 814/815
19 June 2000 2.00pm - 4.00pm Energy, Forestry, Western Sydney Room 814/815
20 June 2000 6.30pm - 8.00pm Environment, Corrective Services Jubilee Room
6 July 2000 10.05am - 11.05am Corrective Services Room 814/815
Manual for Budget Estimates Hearings:
That the Budget Estimates and related documents presenting the amounts to be
appropriated from the Consolidated Fund be referred to the General Purpose
Standing Committees for inquiry and report.
That the Committees consider the Budget Estimates in accordance with the
allocation of portfolios to the Committees.
For the purposes of this inquiry any Member of the House may attend a meeting
of a Committee in relation to the Budget Estimates and question witnesses,
participate in the deliberations of the Committee at such meeting and make a
dissenting statement relating to the Budget Estimates, but may not vote or be
counted for the purpose of any quorum.
The Committees must hear evidence on the Budget Estimates in public.
Not more than 3 Committees are to hear evidence on the Budget Estimates
When a Committee hears evidence on the Budget Estimates, the Chair is to call
on items of expenditure in the order decided on and declare the proposed
expenditure open for examination.
The Committees may ask for explanations from Ministers in the House, or
officers of departments, statutory bodies or corporations, relating to the
items of proposed expenditure.
The report of a Committee on the Budget Estimates may propose the further
consideration of any items.
A daily Hansard record of the hearings of a Committee on the Budget Estimates
is to be published as soon as practicable after each day’s proceedings.
The Committees have leave to sit during the sittings or any adjournment of the
After a Committee has considered proposed expenditure referred to it by the
House and agreed to its report to the House, the Committee must fix:
(a) a day for the submission to the Committee of any written answers or
additional information relating to the proposed expenditure, and
(b) a day for the commencement of supplementary meetings of the Committee to
consider matters relating to the proposed expenditure, which day must be not
less than 10 days after the day fixed under subparagraph (a).
(1) A Member may lodge with a Committee, not less than 3 working days before
the day fixed under subparagraph (11) (b), notice of matters relating to the
written answers or additional information, or otherwise relating to the
proposed expenditure referred to the committee, which the Member wishes to
raise at the supplementary meetings of the Committee.
(2) Any notice lodged with a Committee must be forwarded by the Committee to
the Minister in the House responsible for the matters to which the notice
A Committee may determine at any time the number and duration of any
At a supplementary meeting, questions may be put to Ministers or officers of
departments, statutory bodies or corporations, relating to matters of which
notice has been given, and the proceedings of the Committee must be confined to
A Committee may report to the House any recommendation for further action by
the House arising from the Committee’s supplementary meetings.
Written questions relating to the Budget Estimates may be supplied to the Clerk
of the Committee, who must distribute them to the relevant Minister and to
Members of the Committee. Answers must be supplied to, and circulated by, the
The Committees must:
(a) present a first report to the House before the House adjourns for the
winter recess, and
(b) present a final report to the House by the first sitting day in August 2000.
(Minutes of the Proceedings, No.41, 23 May 2000, pp.443-444)