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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 555..


MR CORBELL: In addition, as the Chief Minister rightly points out, there was also another fairly significant public consultation exercise last October, which was called the ACT election, where the positions of this government and those opposite were quite clear and diametrically opposed.

Members interjecting-

Mr Cornwell: Mr Speaker, I have a point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Have an all-in for a while and then we will get back to Mr Corbell so that he can finish his answer.

Mr Stanhope: We know how many didn't want the Liberal Party.

MR SPEAKER: Order! That is enough. Mr Corbell, would you like to finish.

Mr Cornwell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I think you have already upheld my point of order. I was going to say I can't hear Mr Corbell because the Chief Minister keeps interrupting.

MR SPEAKER: I think there were a few others in the melee, too.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, there was another significant public consultation exercise. It was called the 21 October election last year. Our position was clear; the position of those opposite was clear. Are those opposite suggesting we should break an election promise?

Vocational education

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Mr Corbell. Minister, the Liberal government over the last seven years was able to reinvigorate and rebuild the vocational education system after several years of Labor neglect. We now have a viable and still growing vocational education system-

Mr Stanhope: Who wrote that?

MR PRATT: Me.

Mr Stanhope: You are biased.

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I am wasting my time.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Let Mr Pratt ask his question.

MR PRATT: Thank you, gentlemen. I presume there will be no further interference. We now have a viable and still growing vocational education system, and we on this side of the Assembly congratulate the Labor government for seeking to further that development, particularly as it is our policies which you are adopting.


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