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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (30 May) . . Page.. 1164..

MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):

to sound fundamental economic policies"we could say "thank Peter and John for the GST".

Mr Mulcahy: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker; he is anticipating debate. It is not the topic.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Standing orders do not permit the anticipation of debate.

MR GENTLEMAN: I will just go back to Mr Mulcahy's comments. I should remind Mr Mulcahy that this is private members' day and that his statement that this is the best that the government can do is a little bizarre on this day. He is wrong again, and it is hard to believe that after three years in this place he does not even know what day it is.

That closes my contribution. I would like to thank again those that are supporting the motion and I commend it to the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Federal budget—impact on ACT economy

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (11.19): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that on Tuesday, 8 May 2007 the Howard Government delivered the federal Budget for the 2007-08 financial year;

(b) the ACT Chief Minister, Mr Jon Stanhope MLA, greeted the Budget as "a good, attractive Budget for the vast majority of Australians"and "great for the ACT economy";

(c) that the Howard Government has delivered ten consecutive Budget surpluses;

(d) that in contrast to the $10.6 billion surplus of the latest federal Budget, the 2005 06 ACT Budget recorded a deficit of $162.3 million, outlined on page 9 of the 2006-07 ACT Budget Paper 3;

(e) that whereas the federal Government is lowering taxes for ordinary Australians, in the last ACT Budget taxes increased; and

(f) the ACT Government continues to receive higher than forecast returns from the GST;

(2) joins with the Chief Minister in welcoming the Howard Government Budget;

(3) commends the Australian Government on its commitment to sound fundamental economic policies; and

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