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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3507..


the time when that idea came out, none of us expected that the Liberal Party would be the first ones to race through and actually find that money.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what is your advice to those families that may consist of a police officer and a nurse who are already doing without a pay TV subscription to reduce their cost of living?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not sit here and give advice to families about how to—

Mr Seselja: That is what you did on the radio.

MS GALLAGHER: No. I gave—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister is answering the question.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I do remain here able to listen and respond to any concerns that individual families may have to see what the government can do within our limited means to provide additional support. But that has to be seen in the context that governments need to raise revenue in order to deliver services. I have to say that you on that side would be the first to squeal if we started winding back services to the community because there was not the appropriate level of revenue being raised.

In the election campaign, we look forward, based on the last two years, to Mr Seselja standing up and saying that revenue will never be raised in excess of what is currently being raised under a government he leads, that cost-of-living pressures will never rise under him if he is to be Chief Minister. We look at all of those commitments. We look forward to them, Mr Seselja, because you will never give them because you actually know in your heart that you could not deliver them.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth, a supplementary?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, how much is an annual subscription to Foxtel?

MS GALLAGHER: I think it depends on the package you would like, Mr Smyth. There are a range of options available.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—strip searches

MS HUNTER: My question is to the minister for children and young people and concerns the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. Minister, the Human Rights Commission report makes a number of findings and recommendations about the practices and conditions within Bimberi that can be implemented very easily and certainly do not


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