Page 990 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 25 February 2009

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out of the way! Let the government deliver these projects. Let these planning regulations go through. Give us an early indication. You have had your briefings. You know what we are proposing. Let us see a position from the Liberals and the Greens today, so we can give school communities the certainty they need and that they are demanding.

What more do we need? The Principals Association, the P&C, AEU, Property Council, Master Builders Association, Chamber of Commerce—who else do you need to come out in support before you will decide that this is important enough to put politics aside and get on with building the education revolution? Now is your chance. Step up to the plate, Greens and Liberals. It is time for the Greens and Liberals to step up to the plate. Show us what you are made of. Support these regulations. Support our schools.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, is there a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Yes, my supplementary would be that, given the support that the minister has had, how many of these organisations have seen the regulations?

MR BARR: A number of these organisations in fact provided the advice that the government used to develop the proposals that I have put forward today. These came from the school communities. These ideas and these issues were discussed at the stakeholders’ meeting and they indicated support for the direction that the government was proposing. I provided today to the Greens and the Liberals the government’s proposals, but I will reserve my right, pending a position from the Liberals and the Greens, regarding when I introduce these regulations so as not to disadvantage ACT schools.

Let me make that clear: I will not let you and you stuff this up for ACT schools. That is Labor’s commitment, Mr Speaker. This Labor government, in support of the federal Labor government and the position of the federal Senate and the federal Greens, want to see this package delivered, and I am waiting for a position from the Liberals and the Greens. When we get a position from the Liberals and the Greens, we will be in a position to proceed.

Emergency relief assistance

MR SPEAKER: I call Ms Burch.

Mr Hargreaves: You are thrashing around like a bunch of carps.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Burch has the call.

Mr Hargreaves: Thrashing around: flap, flap, flap!

Mr Hanson: I think I want to read that one in Hansard.

Mr Hargreaves: You want to check your own stuff, son.

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