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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 June 2014) . . Page.. 1693 ..

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Budget—services and infrastructure

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ACT Budget provides for significant investment in the Canberra community by creating jobs and growing the economy through transformational projects;

(b) the impact of the Commonwealth 2014-2015 Budget has put significant pressure on the ACT Budget, including funding to health;

(c) notwithstanding this pressure, the ACT Government’s priorities stand in stark contrast to the Commonwealth by our continued investment in health and education;

(d) the ACT Budget delivers high quality municipal services;

(e) the Commonwealth reduction of an estimated 6,500 jobs in the ACT has a disproportionate impact on the city—with a reduction of at least 2,000 jobs in 2014-2015 alone;

(f) although the ACT Government represents less than 10 percent of spending in the economy, it does have an impact on economic activity in the region; and

(g) the ACT Budget continues to grow and diversify the economy; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to continue to:

(a) provide high quality health and education services to the community;

(b) support the community sector; and

(c) support important infrastructure projects that will transform our city, grow the ACT economy and create jobs at a time that it needs it the most.

I am proud of this government’s budget, prudently investing in the future of Canberra whilst maintaining services and ensuring the members of our community who are doing it tough are not left behind. This budget is built on an in-depth understanding of our city. The budget reflects knowledge of the needs and wishes of our families, the challenges and aspirations of our business community and the blunt-force trauma of the first budget of this Liberal federal government.

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