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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3465 ..


amendments are just that—a cut and paste job from the utterly inadequate answer to my question on notice.

Every Canberran has an interest in their local shops and every Canberran has the right to know that their government will take on the very basic of responsibilities of any local government—that is, the basic maintenance of public amenities. If she is unwilling or unable to commit to this then she has no business being the minister for city services.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Budget

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (4.54): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the strong and inclusive budget management of this government including:

(a) a balanced budget with a modest surplus of $36 million this year and a positive position across the forward estimates;

(b) the forward projections for strong and sustained economic growth, off the back of the fastest growth for any state or territory in recent years;

(c) over 10 000 new jobs being created in 2017, with 80 percent of these new jobs being full time;

(d) unemployment at 3.6 percent in July 2018 - the lowest of any State or territory; and

(e) a strong focus on diversifying business and continuing tax reform to reduce stamp duty and help first home buyers;

(2) further notes the strong expenditure growth for growing services for our growing city, including:

(a) $5 billion over four years for education to deliver more schools and more school places, including a new primary school in Molonglo, an upgrade to Campbell Primary and more places for students at Amaroo, Neville Bonner and Gold Creek schools;

(b) $7.8 billion over four years for health including 4000 more elective surgeries, progressing the development of Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency and expanding Hospital in the Home to 3000 more patients each year;

(c) over $150 million each year on public transport to help deliver Canberrans to work on time and take more cars off the road;

(d) duplication of William Slim Drive from Ginninderra Drive to the Barton Highway and planning and design on the extension of John Gorton Drive and a bridge across the Molonglo River;


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