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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2270..


Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Economy

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (12.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Government's failure to disclose job and service cuts to the community in the lead up to the election;

(b) the Government's lack of honesty, in their assurances to Canberrans that their election promises were fully funded;

(c) the failure of the Gallagher Labor Government to manage the ACT Budget sustainably, budgeting for a deficit in excess of $340 million in the current year and borrowings to increase to approximately $3 billion over the forward estimates;

(d) the Government's inability to deliver important projects on time and on budget, with failures including, but not limited to, the Gungahlin Drive Extension, North Weston Pond, the Hospital car park, Emergency Services Headquarters and the Cotter Dam;

(e) the ACT Treasurer's unwillingness to debate the ACT Budget in a public forum; and

(f) the Government's failure to diversify the ACT economy after more than 12 years in Government; and

(2) condemns the ACT Government for their failure, after 12 consecutive budgets to:

(a) be honest with Canberrans about projected job and service cuts;

(b) deliver vital infrastructure on time and within budget; and

(c) put the ACT in a firm financial position, giving Canberrans almost $3 billion of interest bearing debt for future Canberrans to pay.

Mr Coe: Did the IPA draft this?

MR SMYTH: No, Mr Coe, the IPA did not draft this motion.

Mr Coe: Shame.

MR SMYTH: It is interesting that Ms Berry puts these things in. She is a new member, with such extensive knowledge of what has gone on in this place before, but,


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