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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3597..


MRS BURKE (continuing):

Assembly—if not by this Assembly certainly by the next Assembly. I do have a keen interest in it. I am very pleased to see that this issue is again out, and we can talk about it. We keep having the discussion about it. I know the Skills Commission is something that is really important, and we need to continue to do all that we can.

When we look at the overview of VET, for example, on page 26, there is the annual funding for CIT, the Australian apprenticeships user choice program, the strategic priorities program, adult and community education, vocation education in schools, Australian schools-based apprenticeships and career education. All those things, I think, are the genesis for moving forward and continuing to move forward and build on the good work that has been done by this government and previous governments and by previous federal governments and the current federal government.

I think it is a good report, and I will continue to enjoy reading through it. I thank members, and I thank the members of the committee for bringing it on.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Capital works projects

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, the Stanhope government has again continued its poor record of delivering on its projected capital works spend in 2007-08. Minister, why has your department forecast an underspend of $47 million out of the Stanhope government's total capital works forecast underspend during 2007-08 of $138 million?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. When we talk about numbers in this place, I will take the specifics of the question on notice and I will get back to the leader on the specifics because he is asking for the relativity of $40-something million against the other figure.

I need to say that perhaps it has something to do with our vision for the territory. Maybe it has got something to do with what we want to do for the territory. Maybe it is that we want to make lives better for the people of the territory. For example, we do—

Mr Pratt: What, waste your money?

Mrs Dunne: Like underspend on your capital works budget? Your vision is to spend less? Over-promise and underdeliver?

MR HARGREAVES: Let us see how many we can get with big, gaping mouths in one go.

MR SPEAKER: Cease interjecting, please!


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