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Mr Barr: It is a press release?

Mr Hanson: Yes. It is a statement basically by the Chief Minister saying—


Mr Barr: Is it a news story or a press release?

Mr Hanson: It is a news story.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, leave has not been granted yet. I am still asking the question and I have not had an answer yet. Has leave been granted?

Mr Barr: I just wanted clarification of what you were tabling.

Mr Hanson: It is a news story. My apologies, Treasurer; it is a news story where the Chief Minister said that the amount of $650,000 was not unreasonable. It is entitled “ACTEW head’s salary reasonable”.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Is leave granted? Thank you; leave is granted.

Mr Hanson: I table the following document:

“ACTEW head’s salary reasonable”—Copy of article from ABC News website, posted 8 October 2010.

Members interjecting—

Community sector—reforms

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Can the Minister for Community Services please inform the Assembly about progress on community sector reform?

MR BARR: The government and the community sector are working together in a period of transformation and change. This includes working towards a significant boost in wages for the community sector, the establishment of a new national regulator and groundbreaking reform to support people with a disability. And we see this as a great opportunity and a great challenge. We are working closely with the sector to make it more resilient and to allow it to deliver essential services to the Canberra community in an even more efficient and improved way. We have worked closely with the sector to implement the equal pay case.

Mr Smyth: I don’t think he’s a bumblebee; he’s more like an arachnid rather than a bumblebee.

MR BARR: The shadow treasurer is showing far too much knowledge of Aidee’s cartoons, I think.

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