Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1029..
MR BERRY (continuing):
we are going to build a foundation for a future East Timor which is democratic, we have to assist the East Timorese, in their decision-making, to put in place an education system which is aimed at those outcomes. I welcome members' support for the motion.
Amendments agreed to.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Access Economics, in its analysis of the economic impacts of investment in the ACT by Impulse Airlines, estimates that 360 direct jobs would be generated by the project over the next five years. The Chief Minister's media release of 22 March referred to nearly 400 jobs, yet the statement of intent between the Territory and the airline that was signed on 22 March refers to 252 jobs after five years. That is only one claim that has been considerably qualified in the statement of intent. For instance, the Chief Minister's media release says that the project would establish Canberra "as a major regional air transport hub", but in the statement of intent Impulse has committed only to trial four routes for a minimum of 10 weeks. Additionally, a commitment to establish an "aviation centre of excellence" becomes in the statement of intent support for the development of such a centre that Impulse will use if it is appropriate. These are significant differences. Can the Chief Minister say what are the implications of these differences for the Territory's negotiating position? On what particular piece of paper will the Assembly be asked to make its decision - the statement of intent, the Access Economics analysis, the ACIL Consulting report prepared for Impulse or the final agreement currently, it is understood, in preparation?
MR SPEAKER: The question was getting a bit long.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, isn't it wonderful that people are so positive in this Assembly! It is just great to see the Opposition, yet again, attempt to talk down something that, as Mr Quinlan said, is their own policy! Mr Quinlan said that they totally support having a regional hub for the ACT.
Mr Stanhope: We do, absolutely.
MS CARNELL: I would like to know how you plan to do it.
Mr Stanhope: By getting some information on the table that we can respond to.