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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1283 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

Those eight proposals, again, are directly associated with ACT Government policies and involve some $4m worth of investment, over 100 direct and indirect jobs in the first year, 250 direct and indirect jobs within four years, six local firms, one interstate firm, one branch office of a major firm, four manufacturing, three servicing, one sporting association.

Ms McRae: How many jobs? None.

MRS CARNELL: As I said, I am very happy to run that by you again. Just in one particular policy, from these eight firms, not including AOFR, which is 300 to 400 jobs, we are talking about 100 direct and indirect jobs in the first year. It is those sorts of policies that can produce real jobs in this city. It is those sorts of jobs that can get the economy moving. The other things that get the economy moving and can get real jobs into this city are such projects as the Kingston foreshore proposal, the very fast rail link, and a sensible approach to our airport - all of the things this Assembly continues to cause problems with or slow down or stop or do all the rest of the things we see time and time again.

Mr Speaker, if this Assembly is going to bellyache about unemployment and not get on and do something about it, then I believe that the people of the ACT have a right to be pretty unhappy with what comes out of this Assembly. What should be coming out is a can-do approach, an approach that says, "Yes, we will give the okay to proposals that seriously produce jobs in this city", not approaches that time and time again stop development and stop proposals from business, with others in this Assembly doing everything in their power to stop things happening. This Government will not be taking that approach. Our approach will be to get whatever we can on the table - the Kingston foreshore proposal, other proposals - to get real jobs for people in Canberra.

Violence in Schools

MS HORODNY: Mr Speaker, my question is to Ms Tucker, and I have given notice of this question to her. In light of all the discussion and concern about violence in our community, when will the Social Policy Committee report on the inquiry into the prevention of violence in schools be tabled in this Assembly?

MS TUCKER: Thank you for the question, Ms Horodny. I would be delighted to answer this question. It is an important issue. I would also be delighted to answer it without any sarcasm, put-downs or patronising comments. The issue of violence is of extreme concern to people in the community, and the Social Policy Committee has been looking at this issue for nearly a year. I am happy to report that we will be able to table the report of the committee next week.

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