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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2343..


Mrs Carnell: Except $10m.

MR WOOD: You say, "Except $10m". In fact, part of that - - -

Mr Humphries: Just $10m. What is $10m between friends!

MR WOOD: In the figures that are now in Hansard - - -

Mr De Domenico: What figures? Out of the budget Bill?

MR WOOD: In Hansard, Mr De Domenico - and I am sure Mr Moore wants to know this. Part of that money that the Chief Minister includes is for new functions, nothing to do with education.

Mrs Carnell: No, that is not in the $10m. That is on top. That makes it $14m.

MR WOOD: New functions, Chief Minister.

Mrs Carnell: No, $4.6m was not added in.

MR WOOD: Yes, $4.7m is for new functions.

Mrs Carnell: Yes, that makes it $14.6m.

MR WOOD: No, it does not.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Anybody would think it was school holidays tomorrow.

MR WOOD: There has been no increase in funds allocated to education, and it is dissembling on the part of the Chief Minister to try to suggest that there has been.

MR OSBORNE (12.21): I will rush, Mr Speaker, because I am aware that we have a very important matter coming up with the photo.

Mr Connolly: You are just jumping to be in the photo, mate.

MR OSBORNE: I am used to being in photos, Terry, normally on the back page.

Mr Speaker, I stand up here initially in support of Ms Follett's motion, at this stage. However, there are a couple of things to raise before the Labor Party gets my support. I am, I suppose, standing up as well in support of the Estimates Committee report, as was well documented by Ms Follett. I was not there. However, given the actions over the last couple of days, I cannot see the point of having an Estimates Committee, because no-one seems to listen. However, I do want to test Labor's willingness to listen to us here on the crossbenches. I hope this is not just a smokescreen, because I have been very impressed with some of the things that have gone through over the last couple of weeks to try to cling to and lunge for power. I hope it is not true, Michael.


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