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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 1694 ..

MR CORBELL: The specific statistical measures the Chief Minister is quoting are not the facts that I am taking issue with. What I am saying is that there is a growing sense of insecurity about jobs. That is the issue that I raised, and I stand by it. I note that the Chief Minister did not make any comment about the growing mood of anger in the community over this budget. Perhaps it is because she cannot quote a statistic on that one that she has not been able to say anything about it.

The key issue that I am outlining here is that budgets have social impacts, and those impacts are being grossly underestimated by the other side of the chamber. The Chief Minister can quote any figure she likes. The concern remains that there is a sense of insecurity about employment prospects and there is a sense of insecurity and indeed growing anger about the impact this budget will have on our community and our sense of community in this city. If the Chief Minister cannot accept that, if her only argument is to throw figures and statistics back, then I think she is really missing the point.

Question put:

That the proposed expenditure be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 8

Ms Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Mr Corbell
Mr Hird		Mr Hargreaves
Mr Humphries	Mr Kaine
Mr Moore	Mr Quinlan
Mr Osborne	Mr Stanhope
Mr Rugendyke	Ms Tucker
Mr Smyth	Mr Wood
Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 6.48 to 8.45 pm

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