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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1270 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

They cannot even keep up with the growth in the ACT. There is spiralling unemployment and all of those extra people on the unemployment list. These are the signs of success from the Carnell Government - wreckage of health centres, broken promises, and a trail of fast and loose statements where truth is the casualty.

Mr Speaker, we have to ensure that the Government moves on projects which have as an emphasis the provision of employment out there in the work force. This is a government that continually claims that it has some commitment to doing something about the private sector yet continually bashes it up. The private sector have shown the extent of their confidence in this Government. None of them are advertising. They are climbing down - - -

Mr De Domenico: Mr Business.

MR BERRY: Mr De Domenico interjects and says, "Mr Business", mocking me as Mr Business. Have a look at yourself. You are the bloke who came out and said that job losses in the public sector do not affect the private sector. What a joke!

Mr De Domenico: I did not say that at all.

MR BERRY: He said, "So what! Job losses in the public sector, so what!". It was in your speech, mate.

Mr De Domenico: Ha, ha! Were you there?

MR BERRY: Well, who said it? If you wanted to pick somebody from amongst the Liberals to lead the push when it comes to business, you could pick anybody but Mr De Domenico. Some of his public comments have been extremely outrageous. I do not need to say any more about Mr De Domenico's performance. It is well known. Mr Speaker, these projects are worth while and should be proceeded with as a matter of urgency.

MR KAINE (12.28): Mr Speaker, I move:

That this matter be adjourned for cognate debate with the pending Government response to the Planning Committee's report on public works.

Mr Wood: Mr Speaker, I wish to exercise the right of reply, very briefly.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. I have a motion before the Chair to adjourn the debate. The question is: That the motion be agreed to.

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