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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3379 ..

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I am quite happy to take on the supplementary question. I am just amazed, absolutely amazed, that people on that side of the house are standing up and attempting to criticise this Government for creating up to 60 part-time jobs for young people and for spending $700,000 of taxpayers' money in an attempt to create 60 part-time jobs for 60 young persons who are currently unemployed. If that is what the Labor Party and others are all about, shame on them! Is it any wonder that they have opposition and we have one thing that they have always wanted and will never get back again, and that is government?

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, Mr De Domenico may have misled the Assembly. I drew your attention to it a moment ago. It says in the budget papers:

It is proposed that -

Mr Hird: Is this a point of order, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: It is a point of order.

Mr Berry: I am just going to give him the opportunity to apologise. I will move a motion if you like. The budget papers state:

It is proposed that up to 60 part time jobs be created at a cost of $700,000.

Mr Speaker, that is from Budget Paper No. 5. Either Mr De Domenico does not understand these papers or he has deliberately misled the Assembly. I now give him the opportunity to apologise to the Assembly.

Mr De Domenico: Mr Speaker, I will not apologise to Mr Berry ever; but, if Mr Berry thinks that I may have upset him by saying "60 part-time jobs", I did say "60 part-time jobs". I will continue to say "60 part-time jobs".

Business Migration

MS FOLLETT: My question is to Mrs Carnell as the Treasurer. Treasurer, on page 22 of Budget Paper No. 5 there is a subsection entitled "Canberra Migration Strategy". In that you say that your Government will announce a program which will result in a 25 per cent increase in business migration to the Territory. Are you aware that the statistics released by the Research and Statistics Branch of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs show that business migration to the ACT in 1995-96 totalled nine people? I will table those statistics. That means that you are expecting your new initiative, which will include the launch of a major new strategy, Step into the Future, to result in 21/4 new business migrants being persuaded to come and settle in Canberra. Can you explain to the Territory how this will substantially increase employment in the Territory - two-and-a-bit people?

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