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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 1247..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

If this bill is passed, it will need to come into effect before next Tuesday, which is 31 March, and therefore it can be notified no later than 30 March, which is Monday. Therefore, it will be my intention, in the course of this sitting week, to declare this bill to be an urgent bill and to bring it on for debate so that that can be concluded. In giving notice of that, I look forward to the Greens' commitment to supporting the bringing on of that debate. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2009 (No 2)

MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 111, the Clerk has received written advice withdrawing this notice, so we will proceed straight to notice No 3.

Economy—recession

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.17): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) with concern that the ACT is currently the only Australian jurisdiction in recession;

(b) that the Stanhope-Gallagher Government has contributed to the ACT economy going into recession through decisions it has taken over the past seven years; and

(c) that Mr Stanhope has taken full credit for the favourable economic position of the ACT in past years, but does not take responsibility for the poor economic position this year the ACT finds itself in, that is, the recession;

(2) condemns the Stanhope-Gallagher Government for its mismanagement of the ACT economy; and

(3) calls on the Stanhope-Gallagher Government:

(a) to take its share of responsibility for the state of the ACT economy and to develop solutions which will stimulate economic growth and protect jobs; and

(b) to detail its plan and solutions to manage this recession by the last sitting day in April 2009.

Mr Speaker, the purpose of this motion is to do what an opposition is meant to do, or at least one of its important roles: to analyse the actions of the government of the day and to let the community know what the outcome of that analysis is.


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