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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2529..

Mr Moore: Was "cut" the word used?

MR WHITECROSS: Yes, I used the word "cut". Ms McRae articulated those cuts in great detail earlier. The thing that I want to point out is that Mrs Carnell has explained to the parliament something which ought to be of great interest to members of this Assembly, to the community at large and to the media, both here and, later, on reading this and having it drawn to their attention: She did not promise that there would not be any cuts; all that she promised was that she would maintain funding in real terms.

Let us all be very clear - and I am sure Mr Moore appreciates the point that I am making - that in future, when this Government tells us that it is maintaining something in real terms, we should not be confused; we should not misunderstand; it does not mean that there will not be cuts. This is a very important point for us all to understand, and it will help us. It will help Mr Osborne when he is trying to interpret Mrs Carnell's assurances in the future. It will help Mr Moore when he is trying to understand Mrs Carnell's assurances in the future. When she says that she is maintaining something in real terms, that does not mean that she is not going to cut it.

Question put:

That the proposed expenditure be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 8

Mrs Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Mr Connolly
Mr De Domenico	Ms Follett
Mr Hird		Ms Horodny
Mr Humphries	Ms McRae
Mr Kaine	Ms Tucker
Mr Moore	Mr Whitecross
Mr Osborne	Mr Wood
Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Proposed expenditure - Division 190 - Non-Government Schooling, $65,740,600 - agreed to.

Proposed expenditure - Division 200 - Training, $7,509,400 - agreed to.

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