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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2841..


MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I will make the ruling on this one, thank you. Mr Barr, the question is about the jobs related to the lease variation charge, not the Liberal Party position. Can we focus on that, thank you.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, Mr Hargreaves, in taking his point of order, just pointed at his watch, pointed at the clock, clearly indicating that his attempts are to stall and delay so that there are fewer questions asked by the opposition. I ask you to bear that in mind if you get further vexatious points of order from that side of the house.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: No. We are not having a discussion, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: That is wrong, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, resume your seat.

Mr Hargreaves: That is the wrong interpretation. I have been misrepresented.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr will continue with the question as I directed.

MR BARR: I have always got to laugh at Mr Hanson and his own goals. Another one again. Well done, Jeremy!

Anyway, as I was saying, in relation to the lease variation charge, I would point the Leader of the Opposition to the jobs growth data and look at how employment has increased in this city every month since the lease variation charge has been in place. I would also point the Leader of the Opposition to the number of construction jobs that are created through the lease variation charge payment. If he is opposed to the creation of construction jobs, let him say so in his address to the Assembly in a moment. The floor will be his.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Stop the clock, thank you. Members, I have asked for a reduced level of interjection. You are all continuing to do it. The next person will be warned.

MR BARR: The lease variation charge raises revenue that the government is directing into the urban improvement fund to fund a wide range of projects across the city. Those projects create jobs. Those projects create jobs—unless the opposition thinks they are done magically, that someone goes and sprinkles some fairy dust and all of a sudden all of these urban improvement projects just happen.

Budget—green schools

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the minister for education and is on school budget initiatives. Minister, we know that the budget contains items which actually


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