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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (3 August) . .

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Wall

Noes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Mr Hinder Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: What we now have before the Assembly is that Dr Bourke's amendment, as amended, be agreed to.

Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Economy

MR HINDER (Ginninderra) (11.31): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the importance of:

(a) a strong economy in delivering sustainable growth in jobs and wages;

(b) a AAA credit rating; and

(c) maintaining high quality local services and infrastructure;

(2) further notes the recent ABS economic data that shows the ACT economy has weathered the storm caused by the Liberals' deep cuts to jobs and spending in the Australian Public Service, particularly:

(a) that the ACT has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 3.6 per cent;

(b) that retail grew by 4.7 per cent in the year to May 2016, well above the national average of 3.4 per cent;

(c) that building approvals increased 8.2 per cent in May, and increased 35.1 per cent in the year to May;

(d) service exports have increased by 65 per cent since 2010, which is well above the national average of 30 per cent; and

(e) growth in economic activity, as measured by State Final Demand, in the ACT was the highest in the nation in the March quarter;


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