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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 November 2007) . . Page.. 3670 ..

remind them, particularly the shadow spokesperson, that they have a responsibility to treat the portfolio with the respect that it deserves and not peddle misinformation. That is their responsibility to their constituents, apart from anything else. That is why I moved this motion today—

Members interjecting—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The minister and the shadow minister will stop baiting each other.

MS MacDONALD: I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Economy—Australian government contribution

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (5.24): I move:

That this Assembly:

acknowledges the contribution the Australian Government makes to the economy of the ACT and, in particular, notes:

the significant capital investment the Australian Government has made and continues to make in the ACT, for example:

the National Portrait Gallery;

redevelopment works along Constitution Avenue and at the intersection of Kings Avenue and Parkes Way; and

$10 million announced on 19 November 2007 for water conservation initiatives in national institutions;

the creation of Commonwealth public service positions during the life of the Stanhope Government;

the positive economic impact of the Commonwealth public service on the ACT housing market and business in general; and

the impact of job creation arising from the construction of new Commonwealth buildings in the ACT; and

calls on the Chief Minister to impress upon the federal leader of the Australian Labor Party:

the importance of the Commonwealth to the ACT economy; and

the need to revise his declared plans to slash positions in the Australian public service.

To set the scene, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Australian people have been sold a pup with the suggestion that Labor under Kevin Rudd will be fiscally conservative. As

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