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grounds” qualification in cases where the same act contains other provisions which spell out that a similar decision maker must have reasonable grounds on which to base their decisions.

The Greens are also seeking to ensure that the provisions within this bill provide adequate opportunity for the Assembly to assess any changes that may need to be made in the future regarding the first home owner grant. While the Greens understand that there would be provision for a regulation under this bill to be disallowed should there be cause to in the future, we would prefer that no other territory laws can be amended without consideration by the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.25 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice


MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, your colleague Jon Stanhope said in this Assembly on 4 April 2008:

It is a great tribute to the ACT government—my government—that the economy remains as strong as it is.

Treasurer, given your government took responsibility for the economy in the good times, will you now take responsibility for the ACT being the only Australian jurisdiction in recession?

MS GALLAGHER: I should begin by saying that I have just been to the dentist and I cannot really speak; so my answers are going to be fairly short. We do take responsibility for the economy. The ACT is in what is called a technical recession.

Mr Hanson: It is a recession.

MS GALLAGHER: It is a technical recession; that is right. We will be acting responsibly in terms of our response to that. It is important to note that the ACT economy remains very strong and I would encourage those opposite to start supporting the economy, not talking the economy down, because that is what every other commentator and this government are trying to do.


MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, why is the ACT the only state or territory that has been in recession for the last six months of 2008?

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