Page 2534 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 17 June 2009

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help and can help people in a much quicker and more sensitive way in these circumstances than can government agencies, with the ability to better target their assistance to individual needs.

I would like to pay tribute to the team at Anglicare Canberra and Goulburn who organised the volunteers, liaised with shopping centres and set up and packed up the stalls throughout the month-long shopping centre appeal. But the appeal is not over yet. Whilst the shopping centre component of this year’s appeal is complete, the appeal continues right though until the end of July.

Through the continued support of the local community, Anglicare hopes to collect another 6,000 items. Businesses, schools and parishes will be working right up until the end of the appeal. Items can now be donated to the appeal at the Anglicare head office: ground floor, Jamieson House, 42 Constitution Avenue, Reid. The appeal is also accepting donations through regional offices on the south coast, at Goulburn, and at Wagga Wagga.

Mr Zed Seselja

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (6.55): Whilst the Assembly’s attention has been drawn to page 5 of the CityNews, not to suggest that all members of the Assembly are slavish readers of the said publication, I think it is worth drawing to the Assembly’s attention the article directly below the article that Mr Smyth has just read into Hansard entitled “Zed: the man with no new plan”:

OPPOSITION leader Zed Seselja has publicly admitted that his party has no alternative plan to bring the ACT economy back into surplus other than the policies he took to the October election—well before the global economic crisis started to bite. During a press conference Mr Seselja repeatedly attacked Treasurer Katy Gallagher for having “no credible plan to bring the ACT back into surplus” but refused to outline his own plan. Ms Gallagher has already outlined a seven-year strategy to right the economy by 2015, although she is yet to explain how she will make the $200 million in savings needed to meet the target. “We have a plan—we took it the election,” Mr Seselja said. “CityNews” repeatedly asked him whether, since the global economic crisis had so dramatically affected the ACT, he had he updated the Liberal’s surplus strategy?

Despite prolonged filibustering—

I am sure you find that hard to believe—

the answer was “no”.

Mr Seselja refused to answer further questions and left the press conference.

That is a Jorian Gardner exclusive, page 5 of CityNews. I suppose it pays to read all parts of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.57 pm.

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