Page 1477 - Week 04 - Thursday, 26 March 2009

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Members interjecting—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Members, please!

Members interjecting—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Clerks, please stop the clock. I cannot even hear Mr Coe. He has the floor. Please—

Mr Corbell: That’s the idea, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Coe has the floor. Please let him speak.

MR COE: Australian technical colleges so that by the time you finish school you can be well on the way to a career in the trades. And there are tax-free wage top-ups; apprenticeship training vouchers, reimbursements of course fees; and $800 for tool kits.

What is Labor’s record on this demographic? Failed land affordability policy, for a start. Instead of reducing taxes and releasing land in an orderly manner, the Stanhope Labor government has not one, not two but three failed land affordability schemes that are leaving young Canberrans hanging out to dry. At the last election, we took as a policy the abolition of stamp duty for first home buyers on properties under $500,000. The Labor Party would do well to copy this policy.

The difference could not be more stark. We have the Labor Party that has escalated the cost of land out of the reach of young Canberrans and the Liberal Party that has offered real alternatives to reduce the cost of housing for young Canberrans.

The Liberal party is the party of youth because the Young Liberal Movement is one of Australia’s oldest, largest and most effective youth organisations and has at its core a set of beliefs that are in line with those of mainstream youth throughout Australia.

Mrs Vicki Dunne

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (5.46): I would like to thank Mrs Dunne for her gratuitous advice about the media release that I did not release. Thanks for telling me how to suck eggs. I actually followed the procedure—the exact procedure—that she advised, notifying that something might come on in the afternoon and, of course, asking the person to keep a watching brief—and that I would notify them later about what would happen. And, of course, the journalist—

Mr Seselja: So it was the journalist who got it wrong, was it?

MS PORTER: That is on the public record. The fault was on the public record and she wrote what was on the public record.

I would like to continue, though, on something that happened on 16 September last year at about 7.15 in the morning. It was a statement that was made on radio 2CC:

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