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Ms Gallagher: Go on if you are so sure.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Mulcahy.

MR MULCAHY: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Ms Gallagher: A coward—that is what you are!

Mr Stefaniak: I raise a point of order.

Mrs Burke: I will do it. It is all right, Bill. Thank you very much for your support, colleagues. I ask Ms Gallagher to withdraw that. That is silly.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw that.

Ms Gallagher: Yes. I withdraw that, Mr Speaker. It is true, though.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I call Mr Mulcahy.

MR MULCAHY: Minister, can you now advise the Assembly how many applications have been received and when you are likely to be in a position to appoint the successful applicant or applicants, as the case may be?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you. I do not believe that the time has closed. I certainly have not been briefed on the number of applicants. But if we do have that information, I will happily provide it to the Assembly.

Infrastructure and services

MS MacDONALD: My question, through you, Mr Speaker, is to the Chief Minister in his capacity as Treasurer. Can the Treasurer advise the Assembly of the government’s approach to investing in the provision of infrastructure and services to the ACT community?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms MacDonald for the question. I am very pleased today to respond to the issue of the investment by government in infrastructure and services. I think it is particularly good following the revelations today by the shadow Treasurer that he does not endorse and refuses to endorse any part of the appropriation bill that was tabled yesterday, despite the quite glowing support of some of his colleagues.

It is relevant to any question around investment by government in infrastructure and services to reflect on the approach adopted by the alternative government in this place, as expressed by the alternative Treasurer. When the ABC this morning asked Mr Mulcahy, “Is the Chief Minister right? Do you think people prefer better services rather than tax cuts,” Mr Mulcahy responded emphatically, “No, he’s wrong.” The

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