Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1851 ..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
Mr Speaker, I think it is appropriate to finish simply by quoting to them something that they do not like to hear. David Hughes, their adviser on budget issues, said this before the budget, and it will come back to hurt them:
If the budget does attempt to reduce expenditure in some programs, the many critics who will step forward to voice their disapproval should have the decency to tell us how they would deal with the operating loss.
Mr Speaker, this is a good budget.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make an explanation under standing order 47.
MR SPEAKER: Proceed.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, during the Minister's contribution he suggested that the Labor Party and I in particular maligned the professionalism and the ability of officers in PALM. I said no such thing. I was merely commenting, Mr Speaker, on the Government's attitude towards the Planning and Land Management Group, not the competence or the capability of officers within it who I know are excellent.
Proposed expenditure agreed to.
Part 10 - InTACT
Proposed expenditure - The InTACT Group, $80,000,000 (comprising capital injection, $80,000,000)
Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned.
Motion (by Mr Moore) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MR RUGENDYKE (9.26): Just briefly, in the adjournment debate, I would like to mention the passing of an ex-colleague of mine, Senior Constable Alan Peter Kingston. He was working night shift on Saturday and went home ill at about 3.00 am. At about 5.00 am I believe he had a massive heart attack which ended his life at the age of 44.