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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2422..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

determine. Essentially, I am happy to provide the information but it is essentially meaningless that I received—

Mr Corbell: Reporting on non-participants.

MR STANHOPE: Yes. I rejected five requests for Treasurer's advances to the value of $10 million. I am not quite sure how that advances the sum of knowledge in any useful way. I am certainly happy to take advice from the department on the question, and if there is any useful information that I can provide I am certainly happy to provide it.

Live in Canberra campaign

MS MacDONALD: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, could you please inform the Assembly of the upcoming activities of the highly successful and award winning Live in Canberra and skilled and business migration programs?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms MacDonald for the question. I am pleased to give an updated report on the Live in Canberra campaign, particularly in the context of—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: there is a question on the notice paper in relation to this—it was on last week—and in relation to the expenditure and the benefits that people have achieved. Maybe it did not go on the notice paper. But there is a lengthy—

MR SPEAKER: That is a frivolous point of order.

MR STANHOPE: That quite frivolous point of order sums up the Liberal Party's attitude to the Live in Canberra campaign. It was in the context of disparaging remarks that have been made by the opposition, most particularly the shadow Treasurer—

Mr Mulcahy: What have I said?

MR STANHOPE: Was it you? Well, it was one of your colleagues. The shadow Treasurer expresses surprise, but in the last two days quite disparaging—

Mr Hargreaves: It was a decision he didn't make.

MR STANHOPE: That is right; a decision that the shadow Treasurer did not make was to disparage the Live in Canberra campaign. That was one of his non-decisions. The Liberal Party have been disparaging. We see the disparaging attitude of the Liberal Party to the Live in Canberra and skilled migration work that the government has been doing in the raising of a frivolous point of order that was designed to cover their embarrassment.

The Live in Canberra campaign is going from strength to strength. It is attracting quite significant cross-jurisdictional and private sector support. The commonwealth government, through a number of their departments, have now joined, and are making cash contributions to the Live in Canberra program. The commonwealth and their


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