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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 1938 ..

Ms Carnell: Tedious repetition.

MR CORBELL: The Chief Minister may feel it is tedious, but it is true.

Ms Carnell: No, it is tedious repetition.

MR CORBELL: The Chief Minister may feel it is tedious because she does not like it.

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order.

MR CORBELL: I tell you what, Mr Speaker, young people in Canberra do not like the decision she has made to cut funding from three years to one year for the Woden and Civic youth centres.

MR SPEAKER: There is a point of order. Sit down. Sit down or I will name you.

Ms Carnell: Thank you, Mr Speaker. If Mr Corbell has finished, that is lovely. Mr Speaker, tedious repetition has been an absolute basis of this whole budget debate. Things that have been debated and voted on previously in this Assembly have been debated again, as was just the case. I understand that that is contrary to standing orders - whether it be tedious repetition or reflecting on a vote of this Assembly.

Mr Berry: May I speak to that point of order?

MR SPEAKER: No, you cannot. I will rule on it. I have allowed a certain latitude in the debate on the Appropriation Bill. If we applied the rule about reflecting on votes of the Assembly I think we virtually could not discuss anything. I am prepared to allow a certain degree of latitude. Nevertheless, I think, Mr Corbell, you have gone far enough on this one. Have you finished?


MR SPEAKER: Very well. Just be careful.

MR CORBELL: I thank you for your guidance, Mr Speaker. I should say, Mr Speaker, that I am speaking on the recommendation in the Estimates Committee report, and that is quite relevant to this debate. This is a cognate debate on the budget and the Estimates Committee report.

Mr Speaker, the Government has a commitment to young people, not just to mainstream young people but to people at the edges. For that reason I think the Government should seriously reconsider the issue of funding for those two centres. Young people and the service providers know that they deserve it. What is more important is that the Minister knew it too.

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