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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1527 ..

It is not intended to stop the use of temporary events signs by

charities and schools .... and it is not intended to prevent the

occasional 'welcome home' or 'happy birthday' banner on a

roadside .... provided it is not left there for too long!

It is also not intended to stop the use of directional signs by

running groups and the like .... and in this regard .... we were

very pleased to hear from Mr Tinson about the procedures

which are in place with the department to facilitate .... and not

to hinder .... the organisation of such events.

Mr Speaker

I am sure I am speaking for my colleagues if I add that .... if

unexpected problems arise as a result of implementing the

Code .... then this committee will revist the Code's provisions

and perhaps suggest some changes.

But at this stage we consider that the Code is appropriate and

that it should be introduced.

Thank you members .... thank you Mr Speaker.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 5.53 to 7.30 pm


Debate resumed.

MS TUCKER (7.32): Mr Speaker, I am pleased to be able to speak to the Government's budget tonight. I was interested in question time. When I asked the Chief Minister a question about whether or not there had been community input into the revenue measures when those measures were reviewed, she was not able to assure this Assembly that the community sector had been involved in that revenue review. Secondly, apparently she was not willing to table that review and any equity processes that occurred or examination of equity issues that might have occurred with that review. In a way, for me, that encapsulates my concerns about this Government's approach to the budget.

We of course recognise the necessity of being financially responsible. We of course recognise the importance of raising revenue in order to pay for the services that the community needs. I do not think anyone has ever argued against that, despite Ms Carnell's protestations at question time. The Greens certainly have never argued against it but in fact have been supportive of ways of raising revenue in the ACT. We have been supportive of government looking at ways that we could do it. We have called for a full review of revenue and expenditure in the ACT.

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