Page 1424 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Let’s hear from the minister, thank you.

MR BARR: approximately half of the territory budget is expended on salaries, wages, superannuation expenses and the like for the territory’s workforce.

Mr Seselja: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. One moment, Mr Barr. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mr Seselja: It goes to direct relevance. The question was very specific, about whether revenue had gone up or down from when the government came to office and from pre-GFC levels. I would ask you to ask the minister to be directly relevant to that question.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, minister. Whilst I think there is room for you to set some context, I think we are getting towards the end of your time and it would be good to answer that question, thank you.

MR BARR: The standing orders do provide me with two minutes to answer a question and I believe I have that right to utilise those two minutes.

Mr Seselja: You have to be directly relevant.

Mrs Dunne: Yes; otherwise you will be sat down.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members. Let us just proceed. Mr Barr.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you for the advice, Madam Dunne. What we are looking for as we move into this budget cycle is a continuation of strong economic growth. We are looking for the capacity to deliver more services to the ACT community and to target those services into areas of great need. Revenue is required to deliver those services. The government receives more revenue each year. Revenue increases with the growth of the economy.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: It does every year. But we also make projections about the rate of growth in revenue. (Time expired.)

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Kids Under Cover program

MS BURCH: Yesterday I took a number of questions from the crossbench about Kids Under Cover. In response to those questions, I can inform the Assembly that two studios were funded by the ACT government in 2010 for families supported by Barnardos and Inanna Inc. Kids Under Cover have confirmed that the studios remain

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