Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4319 ..
MR DE DOMENICO: Just tone down a bit. You will learn after you have been here for a while. You will learn that things - - -
Mr Berry: Over 50 per cent youth unemployment for three months in a row.
MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Berry, I suggest that you look at the budget which this Assembly has passed. To say things like that would be a reflection on the vote of the Assembly. The budget which you voted against, Mr Berry, has a provision to employ on a part-time basis many young people who are not employed at the minute.
Ms McRae: When?
MR DE DOMENICO: I suggest to members opposite who are interjecting, Mr Speaker, that they have lost their right to say anything about the unemployment of youth. They rejected a budget that had youth employment programs. Two weeks ago they rejected a Bill that was going to directly employ over 70 young people. For the Opposition to talk about unemployment is just the height of hypocrisy.
In answer to Mr Wood's very sensible question, yes, we will go to Tuggeranong. In relation to whether we are entitled to clean graffiti off private premises, no, we are not. We will clean it off, but we will charge those people because it is their responsibility to keep their place clean unless it obviously has an effect on community safety. Then we will go and clean it off, and I daresay we will send them the bill afterwards.
MR WOOD: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. How many prosecutions have been launched against those people who put the graffiti on?
MR DE DOMENICO: I do not know the answer to that. I am aware of one conviction that I heard about last week, Mr Wood. The young man was caught by the police and convicted. I will check the figures as to how many prosecutions there have been and let you know, Mr Wood.
Mrs Carnell: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, on 21 November Ms Tucker asked me a question concerning public consultation processes for the proposed John Dedman Parkway and some other issues, which I took on notice. I table a response to the question asked by Ms Tucker.