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we will give it to you". The inability of the ACT Government to fully match the Commonwealth growth funds is an inability which is matched by every other government in Australia: Labor, Liberal - there is only one Liberal government at the moment - and Country-Liberal Party in the Northern Territory.

So, this is not a party-political problem. It is a problem that every government has had; the Commonwealth is holding out the promise of growth funds which cannot be matched. I am proposing to write to my colleagues in this portfolio around Australia and see whether we can have a unified approach to the Commonwealth to free up some of that additional funding which at the moment is simply sitting in the Commonwealth coffers.

Health Services

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister for Health. He has maintained in the past that he believes that in the current financial year health services can be maintained at existing levels and that at the same time the budget can be cut by something in the order of 8.5 per cent. I ask the Minister: If the choice comes down to sustaining services or experiencing a problem with the budget outcome - that is, overrunning the budget - which would the Minister's choice be?

MR BERRY: That is a hypothetical question.

Ms Follett: I would ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.


MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer): I would like to offer some replies to questions without notice which were directed to me. The first was from Ms Maher yesterday; it concerns a consultancy report on a review of training and development options for women. The second is from Mrs Nolan; again, it was asked yesterday and it concerns the land tax and the question of thresholds at a variety of levels. I have an answer to a question from Mr Collaery about the sum raised as part of payroll tax which would relate to service contracts. A question was asked by Mr Kaine about the number of jobs that the ACT budget initiatives would create in this fiscal year. Mr Speaker, I wish to table those answers and seek leave to have them incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Documents incorporated at Appendix 2.

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