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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 September 1995) . . Page.. 1568 ..


. The opportunity offered by the on-going cost reduction program ...

. The multi-year funding approach ...

. The recognition that long-term debt control is an important factor ...

Time and time again, Mr Speaker, this Government puts its money where its mouth is - more than $5m, as promised. As I said before, what we promise, we deliver.

MR WOOD: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. We have some interesting interpretations here about what promotion is and is not. I thought it strange that capital works have become part of our promotion outside of Australia.

Mr De Domenico: What is a tourist information centre about?

Ms Follett: “Campaign”, you said; a marketing campaign, not a building.

MR WOOD: Yes, the Opposition Leader accurately draws the line between the promises and the shonkiness contained in Mr De Domenico's answer. I would like to know where the new money is; not capital, not redirected money, but money that is new or additional. You used the word “extra” in your policy. We may have to wait until the Estimates Committee to get that answer, Mr Speaker, if Mr De Domenico does not want to give it now.

MR DE DOMENICO: I will give him the answer again, Mr Speaker, because obviously he was not listening. We are giving more than $5m of new money; more money than they gave last time. Mr Wood highlights the Visitor Information Centre. If Mr Wood had read carefully he would have realised that the Visitor Information Centre will also include a theatrette and exhibition space to inform visitors about Canberra's heritage and tourist attractions. If that is not marketing and promoting the ACT, Mr Wood, I do not know what is.

Mr Wood: It does not fit in with your promise, Mr De Domenico.

MR DE DOMENICO: No, no, just wait; you asked the question. You might not like the answer, Mr Wood, but you are going to get it anyway. We will ram it down your throat time and time again. Over the next three years of the Carnell Liberal budget, over $10m more will be provided than was provided by your lot. You sat on your hands for five years and did nothing. This Government will spend an extra $10m over three years in promoting Canberra as a tourist destination, as a business destination, as a sporting destination, and as a centre of excellence. It is about time we got off our backsides. You did not do it. It is about time we put our money where our mouth is. Mr Wood, what this Government promises, it delivers.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


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