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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1420..


MR CORBELL: I do not think the commissioner, in the annual report, asked for any additional resources.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Attorney, in light of the revelation in the commissioner's comments in the annual report, will you now discuss with the commissioner the capacity challenges he faces in the delivery of the functions of the domestic violence project coordinator?

MR CORBELL: I meet regularly with the commissioner and he is always able to raise any issues of concern that he has about resources with me.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Attorney-General, did you actually read the report by the victims of crime support program? If so, what other indications did you glean from the report and what did you do in response? If you have not read the report, why not?

MR CORBELL: Yes, I did read the report, and the insights I gained were many and varied.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, would you like to elaborate on the insights that you received from reading the victims of crime support program's annual report?

MR CORBELL: Not really, Mr Speaker.

Economy—health

MS PORTER: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, can you provide an update to the Assembly on the overall health of the ACT economy?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. I am very pleased to report to the Assembly and to the broader community that the ACT economy is indeed performing very strongly. As I have indicated previously in this place, it is certainly worth spending some time focusing on the fundamentals of the territory economy.

We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. We have the highest labour participation rate in the nation, duelling with Western Australia at around 72 per cent. This is well above the national average of 65 per cent. A point to note here is that the national participation rate, particularly on the eastern seaboard, has in fact been falling recently and the ACT has defied that trend.


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