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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 February 2018) . . Page.. 467 ..

23.3 per cent in private sector vacancies, well above the national average of 17.2 per cent, with public sector vacancies doing pretty well, at 35.7 per cent.

When Mr Coe spoke earlier, he had two pretty strong views: first, that the economy is not diversifying; and, second, that strong job growth across the board is somehow a problem. We on this side of the chamber are not going to apologise for strong job growth across the board. Our government’s job creation policies have had a positive impact and will continue to have as we continue to roll them out. Tourism and higher education have been particular stand-out growth sectors of our local economy, and that growth is set to continue. I will be saving my pennies up to go on an overseas holiday on one of these new direct flights.

The ACT Liberals may try to attack everything we do on this side of the chamber. It must be in their DNA. All we can assume is that the Liberals will oppose whatever we say. We do not know what they stand for; we simply know they stand against anything we do.

Canberra’s economic growth is stronger; our employment numbers are higher; our unemployment numbers are lower. These outcomes are not by accident. They are the result of policies enacted by this government over a number of years and the hard work of this city.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Ambulance Service—staffing

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.13): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) is made up of hardworking men and women who dedicate themselves to serving the ACT community;

(b) after working a 10-hour day shift or 14-hour night shift, these men and women regularly work overtime to fill shortages in the emergency ambulance system;

(c) 35 923 hours of overtime were worked by ACTAS qualified ambulance officers in 2016-17;

(d) 35 923 hours of overtime is equivalent to 98 hours and 25 minutes of overtime worked each and every day; and

(e) despite requiring 35 923 hours of overtime from ACTAS ambulance officers, the ACT Government failed to meet minimum crewing levels for 41.5 percent of all emergency ambulance shifts in 2016-17; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) provide an exhaustive list of reasons for the amount of overtime worked in 2016-17;

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