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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4205 ..


MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Berry for the question. Yes, as outlined in the business case, there is a comprehensive analysis of the overall benefits not just for people who live in the corridor and not just for people who commute along the corridor but for the ACT economy as a whole. We know that, based on the economic analysis, there are over a billion dollars worth of benefits across the economy. During the project over 3½ thousand jobs will be created. That is putting money into people’s pockets, that is giving people jobs and giving people economic security, at a time when there is a significant slowdown, particularly in the civil and construction sector.

I have been asked by those opposite on numerous occasions what is in it for their constituents. What I can say in response is: at the very least, look at the jobs opportunity that this delivers. Look at the opportunity to support local contractors—concreters, formworkers, building workers, civil contractors, engineers, architects, landscape architects and gardening contractors. All of those people are going to be engaged in the delivery of this project.

This project puts money in their pockets. It helps them put food on the table and it helps keep them in employment at a time when Tony Abbott and all the cronies of the Liberal Party are ripping jobs out of our economy. There is another report today—500 jobs in the tax office being moved out of Canberra. So that is the marked contrast. We are supporting local jobs. We are supporting investment in better transport. We are supporting long-term solutions to address congestion along the corridor.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, come to order.

MR CORBELL: These are the right decisions for our city to make.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson! Before I call Ms Porter, can I ask members of the opposition to settle a little.

Mr Hanson: But it’s Christmas, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I don’t care. It is not Christmas; it is November.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, both you and Mr Barr need to be careful about reflecting on the chair.

Children and young people—death review committee

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, this week you tabled the 2013-14 annual report of the ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee. Can you inform the Assembly of the work of the committee and the purpose of its report?


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