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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 577 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


577. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Treasurer:

I refer to section 20 of the Financial Management Act 2006 that allows the Treasurer to direct all or part of moneys standing in a special purpose account that the Treasurer deems not to be reasonably required for the purposes of that account to be credited to the consolidated fund.

(1) For the each of the financial years 2016–17 to 2020–21 inclusive, on how many occasions has the current or former Treasurer used the power under section 20 to transfer amounts from special purpose accounts to the consolidated account?

(2) For each of those occasions —

(a) what was the total value of all funds transferred from special purpose accounts to the consolidated account;

(b) from which accounts and respective agencies or departments were these funds withdrawn and why; and

(c) on what dates did the transfers take place?


I thank the Leader of the Opposition for some notice of the question. The following answer is provided on behalf of the Treasurer.

This question spans the terms of three Treasurers over a five-year period. It is not possible in the limited time permitted to provide a complete and accurate answer. I recommend that the honourable member put the question on notice to allow the Department of Treasury adequate time to answer.