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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2982 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

That is what Mr De Domenico said. Is it not a fact, Mr Minister, that the education budget does not contain the money to provide for these salary increases as promised by the Chief Minister and your colleague Mr De Domenico in relation to the promised 3.9 per cent?

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I think Mr Berry refers to the 3.9 per cent over three years. The short answer to that is: Yes, it does.

MR BERRY: I have a supplementary question. Could you confirm, Mr Minister, that no productivity will be required of teachers for that pay increase over the period, up to an amount of 3.9 per cent as promised by Mr De Domenico, and that that will apply to teachers? If that is not the case, Mr Minister, will you admit that Mr De Domenico has misled this chamber?

Mr Kaine: The answer is no.

Mr Connolly: Mr Kaine, you know the answer. He does not.

Ms Follett: It is another, "Who knows?", is it?

MR STEFANIAK: No, it is not a "Who knows?". That 3.9 per cent was factored into the 206 point whatever million dollars, Mr Speaker, the 212 point whatever million dollars, and the 218 point whatever million dollars over three years. It is factored in there in terms of money within our overall envelope for that amount of wage rise.

National Schools Volleyball Cup

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Mrs Carnell, I am addressing this question to you because it seems that the relevant Minister has washed his hands of the situation. I am referring to the National Schools Volleyball Cup, which is held in Canberra each year and brings about $3.5m into the local economy. In light of the obvious advantages of keeping this tournament in Canberra and both the previous Government's and your Government's apparent willingness to sponsor sports events, even through the Health Promotion Board, are you willing and able to organise your Government and resolve this problem before the annual tournament and the 10-year deal go to another city, taking the much needed cash out of our local economy?

MRS CARNELL: Thank you, Mr Osborne. This is a really interesting one. It is one that we have been trying to solve for the last little while. The problem, as I understand it at this stage, is that they have not actually put in an application, and it is extraordinarily difficult to give them a grant with no application.

Mr Connolly: Just like the police - they never asked for the money, Paul.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister is answering the question.

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