Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (2 February) . . Page.. 85 ..
MS CARNELL (continuing):
we will do. Do we want to increase taxes? Do we want to reduce services? Do we want to go down the redundancy path? We as a government are more than happy to make those decisions. We are in government. But we have to be given the right to do it.
I would like to finish, Mr Speaker, by saying that people have made much about the fact that the majority of the community do not support the sale of ACTEW. Do the majority of the community support increased taxes? No. Do the majority of the Assembly support reduced services? No. Do the majority of the community support school closures, reductions in nurse numbers, and longer waiting lists? Mr Speaker, those are the options here.
Let us be fair on this. This is not about a populist decision. The options are selling ACTEW or addressing the very real issues of the budget. We are happy to do that. If those opposite and those on the crossbenches want to tell us how to do it, please put the options on the table or let the Government get on with the job.
That the motion (Ms Carnell's) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 7 NOES, 10 Ms Carnell Mr Berry Mr Cornwell Mr Corbell Mr Hird Mr Hargreaves Mr Humphries Mr Kaine Mr Moore Mr Osborne Mr Smyth Mr Quinlan Mr Stefaniak Mr Rugendyke Mr Stanhope Ms Tucker Mr WoodQuestion so resolved in the negative.
Debate resumed from 8 December 1998, on motion by Ms Carnell:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.