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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3390..


MR WOOD: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Perhaps the Minister, in his enthusiasm, might direct his mind back to the words he used last year, which are a little different now. He might also tell us how he is going to generate some enthusiasm in this area. The figures in the budget put out by the Government - not my figures; your figures - are for the year, Mr De Domenico. You say that they fall now and then, but these are the year's figures. You claim to be looking for jobs. You have not delivered them in tourism.

MR SPEAKER: Where is your question, Mr Wood?

MR WOOD: What are you going to do?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Wood obviously has not read the budget papers. He asked what we are going to do. I can tell you what we are not going to do, Mr Wood. We are not going to continue to sit on our hands, as you did, especially as Minister. You never made a decision in your life; you did nothing about things. What we are going to do is create 2,700 jobs. It might be 2,701 or 2,699, and then Mr Berry might stand up and accuse us of misleading the house. Approximately 2,700 new jobs will be created through all the initiatives that you can read about in the budget papers, on top of approximately 1,500 extra jobs because of the fact that we are going to be increasing the expenditure on public works by at least 40 per cent of what we spent last year. Mr Wood, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I would like you to come back next year and tell us whether you think this budget was successful or whether it was not. We believe that it is very successful and we ask that, instead of knock, knock, knock all the time, you please try to be positive.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

PERSONAL EXPLANATION

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): I ask for leave to make a personal explanation, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MRS CARNELL: I think it was Ms Tucker who quoted from Hansard of 31 May. I think it is unfortunate that Ms Tucker did not quote the whole paragraph that we were talking about at that stage. What we were actually discussing at that particular time was the situation in Melbourne, I think, where the buses were sold and the running of those buses was sold. I went on to make this comment in that same paragraph:

... the private company which actually owned the buses and which was running the services was in a position, I suppose, to determine what services were available ... That is the last thing we would do.


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