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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 2 Hansard (13 February) . . Page.. 486..


MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Contrary to what the minister just said, the question was not general. The question was in fact about the contingencies in place. I think she should be directly relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: Could you stop the clock, please, Clerk. Mr Doszpot, I did not actually hear all of your question because your voice does not travel a great distance. Could you repeat the question, please?

Mr Doszpot: Sure.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, I am asking Mr Doszpot to repeat the question because I cannot hear him. It is not aided by your interjection or Mr Coe's.

Mr Doszpot: What contingent provisions have you made, minister, to meet the cost of providing additional places? That is relevant to the questions that we asked at the outset.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. I think that Mr Coe's point of order is correct. I would like you to answer the question: are there contingencies?

MS BURCH: Across a broad range of areas within the education and training department I reckon there is absolutely room for contingencies. So the answer to your question is that there are contingencies available, Mr Doszpot.

Economy—support

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, can you provide an update to the Assembly on what the government is doing to support the ACT economy?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question.

Mr Coe: Tax them until they bleed, I think.

MR BARR: I thank the Deputy Leader of the Opposition for the interjection before I have even begun my answer. The government is indeed undertaking a number of policy directions in order to underpin the health of the territory economy. These include, of course, prudent management of the territory's budget, the implementation of our business development strategy, and a personal favourite and one I know that hurts the opposition every time I mention it: ongoing tax reform. Investment in infrastructure—

Mr Hanson: Shame!


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