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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 4042..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I should not anticipate it. I think Mr Smyth has been quoted as saying-I think I was there when he said it-that he would rationalise services to business from government. To me, that sounds like code for: "I will cut services to business." I challenge Mr Smyth to identify the services to small business that he intends to cut. Is it the export program? Is it the grant programs? Is it the employment ready program? Is it the advisory service accessed by so many people? Mr Smyth, what will you cut?

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

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Australian Federal Police

MR STANHOPE: I present the following paper:

Community Policing-Canberra Liberals Policy Statement 2004.

It includes three photographs of members of the ACT police force, as the header to the ACT Liberals' policy statement 2004 on policing. I acknowledge the humbug and absolute hypocrisy of the people opposite.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR WOOD: I am responding to a question from Ms Tucker. She wanted some extensive detail about seed collection for the regeneration of the area adjacent to Gungahlin Drive. I have that information. I present the following paper:

Gungahlin Drive Extension preliminary works-Seed collection-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Wood by Ms Tucker and taken on notice on 18 August 2004.

Personal explanation

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, under standing order 46, I would like to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Further to the Treasurer's tirade about the use of figures: the only figure that I actually used from that survey-I can read the small print as well-was the final one, which of course is not qualified. It is, therefore, I can only assume, given the statistical accuracy of the ABS, accurate because they themselves did not qualify the report. That says that in June 2001 there were 18,500 businesses in the ACT and at June 2003 it was down to 16,100. That figure is not a qualified figure from the ABS.

Paper

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Quarterly Travel Report-Non-Executive MLAs-1 April 2004 to 30 June 2004.


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