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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3380 ..

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, can I take this question on behalf of the Government, seeing that it is my responsibility. Once again, I am amazed at the temerity of this Opposition in standing up and asking that sort of a question. I suggest to Ms Follett that, whether it is 21/4 or 31/4 or 11/4, it is surely better if someone is prepared to migrate to this Territory and set up a business which will employ Canberrans. If we can create more jobs for people in this Territory, I am sure that people on the other side of the house would realise that it does not really matter whether it is 21/4 or whatever.

Mr Whitecross: You are a joke, Tony.

MR DE DOMENICO: The joke in this place, Mr Speaker, is that they have 17 volumes of books and information over there and all they have managed to pick out is some petty little thing that they want to stand up and talk about.

I know of one business migrant who came to this town some years ago and invested an amount of money that has created hundreds of jobs in this Territory.

Mr Berry: Who is he?

MR DE DOMENICO: You do not even know who he is, Mr Berry. Mr Chang, for example, who is the subchairman of this committee, has invested millions of dollars in this town, created hundreds of jobs all over the world and in the ACT. He is a business migrant. If I can get 21/4 or 11/4 Mr Changs time and time again I will say, "Well done, Government". The people out there whom the Changs of this world will employ will also be grateful.

MS FOLLETT: I seek leave to table the statistics from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs substantiating that.

Leave granted.

Kick Start Housing Program

MR HIRD: They seem to be a bit touchy on that side of the house concerning jobs. Jobs, jobs - you are always crying out for jobs.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ask your question.

MR HIRD: I would like to ask a question in respect of the creation of jobs within the building industry. Mr Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister for Housing, Mr Stefaniak. Could the Minister outline to the parliament what steps the Government is taking in this budget - a very positive budget - to encourage ACT Housing tenants into the ownership of their homes?

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