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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 1781..


Conclusion

Mr Speaker, today Labor has made some tough decisions.

They were all the harder, all the more stressful for my ministerial colleagues and for me, because there was no short-term political imperative behind them.

We weren't driven to this day. We chose it. We planned for it. We prepared for it. And, I have no doubt, we will now endure the political pain of it.

But we have done the right and courageous thing here.

Good governments, Mr Speaker, look beyond the electoral cycle.

They look ahead, to the world that will be inhabited by their children and their grandchildren.

I am pleased to present this, my first budget as Treasurer, in the certain knowledge that this is a budget for today, but also for the future.

Mr Speaker, I commend the budget to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Rates Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Stanhope presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (3.48): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I seek leave to have the presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The incorporated document appears at attachment 1 on page 1794.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Administrative (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2006

Mr Stanhope presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.


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