Standing up for Canberra

2012-13 Budget and the ACT

Federal ACT Labor representatives, Kate Lundy, Gai Brodtmann, and Andrew Leigh, have welcomed additional funding in the 2012-13 Budget to support Australia’s key collecting institutions and the National Capital Authority.

Over the next four years the Gillard Government will provide over $39.3 million in supplementary ongoing funding to help our collecting institutions deliver services and programs.

Additional funding will be provided until the end of 2015-16 to help Canberra’s collecting institutions to ensure they are able to continue to meet the demand for their services. This funding boost will give institutions like the National Archives, Library, Museum, Gallery, Film and Sound Archive, Old Parliament House and the War Memorial greater capacity to open their collections to the community during the Centenary of Canberra.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) will also receive an additional $11.9 million in funding to ensure their financial sustainability and allow them to implement recommendations from the Hawke Report. This investment will ensure the NCA can operate effectively and fulfill its asset management responsibilities for Canberra.

The 2012-13 Budget is a responsible budget that will deliver much-needed cost-of-living relief to families and businesses under pressure in Canberra.

The Government is returning the Budget to surplus, on time as promised, which will provide a buffer in uncertain global times.

The Budget outlines a reduction to average staffing levels across the public sector which means the Canberra public sector will contract by 1,500 positions through the uptake of voluntary redundancies and natural attrition.

This will take us back to 2009-10 levels and is based on each agency’s expectations of their staffing. The APS will continue to pursue graduate recruitment at levels comparable to the historical high of 2011.

While the Labor Party is committed to a stable public sector into the future, the Coalition have confirmed if elected they would pursue their ideological agenda to gut the public service, slash jobs and axe the number of incoming graduates.

Last night Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey revealed the Coalition would take a slash-and-burn approach to the public sector and immediately slash jobs if they were in government:

INTERVIEWER: So you’d cut 20,000 jobs from the public service?

JOE HOCKEY: We would cut, we have said, we will have to cut the size of the public service.

[ABC 7:30 Report, 8 May 2012]

Key highlights in the 2012-13 Budget for Canberra:

  • $1.3 million for the establishment of Chair in Plastic/Cranio Facial Surgery
  • $1 million in the 2012/13 financial year to begin the construction of the Eccles Building at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU
  • $2.5 million for new lights for Manuka Oval
  • $21.4 million for road projects in the ACT
  • $11.9 million for the National Capital Authority
  • Supplementary funding of $39.3 million over 4 years from 2012-13 to Australia’s key collecting institutions:
    • National Archives of Australia ($7.7 million)
    • National Library of Australia ($6.7 million)
    • National Museum of Australia ($5.5 million)
    • Australian War Memorial ($5.3 million)
    • National Gallery of Australia ($4.3 million)
    • National Film and Sound Archive ($3.4 million)
    • Old Parliament House ($1.9 million)
  • $2.7 million over three years to establish the National Portrait Gallery as a separate statutory authority under the Commonwealth Authorities Companies Act 1997
  • $100,000 in 2012-13 to undertake a feasibility study into a Parliament House Walk between the Civic Centre and Parliament house.
  • $83.5 million over seven years to fund a program of initiatives to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War and Anzac Centenary
  • SchoolKids Bonus Payment to help 14,000 ACT families with kids in schools. This totals $14,580,850 worth of assistance for Canberra families.