Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 1980..
MR STANHOPE: Do you include the 120 additional police that we have agreed to fund and employ as overpaid, unnecessary public servants, as Mrs Dunne includes the 80 child protection workers, the additional firefighters, the additional teachers, nurses and doctors as overpaid and unnecessary? Which ones are overpaid, and which ones are unnecessary? Why didn't you explain?
Opposition members interjecting-
MR SPEAKER: Order! Just sit down for a minute, Chief Minister. Mr Seselja, Mrs Dunne, everybody: the Chief Minister has the floor. You are on a warning, Mr Pratt.
Mr Pratt: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for clarifying that.
MR STANHOPE: It is interesting that I think every one of the speakers on the other side that participated in this debate today spoke repeatedly and constantly of a bloated, overpaid public service. But not one of them would identify whether it was the child protection workers, the firefighters, the police, the school teachers or the doctors and nurses that they included in their description of unnecessary and overpaid.
Not one of them described which of those groups of public servants were the unnecessary, overpaid public servants. Not one of them explained which of them they would not have employed to actually meet the gaps in service which we inherited from them in child protection, disability services, emergency services, healthcare delivery and education. It is okay to rail against our budget, but you have no alternative vision or leadership.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Estimates 2006-2007-Select Committee
Motion (by Mr Stanhope ) agreed to:
That the Appropriation Bill 2006-2007 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2006-2007.
Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:
Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission-report 12-final report-Determination of ACTION bus prices for 2006-07, dated 26 May 2006.
Racism and unfair discrimination
Paper and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and