Page 1776 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 May 2013
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, I will. Stop the clock, please. Members, Mr Corbell has 34 seconds to go. Please pay him the respect of staying silent until he finishes. Mr Corbell.
MR CORBELL: It sounds like we might have belled the cat, Madam Deputy Speaker. They said they would not cut many jobs. Then there was the audit and, “Oh dear, so many more jobs have to go.” There was negative equity in homes, a mass loss of jobs and a massive increase in unemployment in our city. But that is okay because Canberra is not a real place. Well, Canberra is a real place. It is a real city with real people. This Labor government and this Labor Party are going to stand up for the people of this city.
Opposition members interjecting—
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Members, before I proceed, obviously you are very hard of hearing. I asked you to be silent while Mr Corbell finished. He only had 34 second to go, but you could not resist, could you? Ms Burch.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (5.46): I thank Dr Bourke for bringing this important motion to the Assembly today. I echo the concerns of my colleagues about the devastating effect a Tony Abbott government would have on the people of Canberra. The prospect of the sacking of 20,000 people in public service jobs in Canberra by a coalition government must be vocally denounced by the Canberra community. And it must be denounced by this Assembly, the elected representatives of the people of Canberra.
The coalition’s promise of mass job cuts represents a slap in the face for the people of Canberra. It should be condemned by the Canberra Liberals if they truly stand up for the people of Canberra. This morning we heard much from Mr Hanson about the need for us to stand up for Canberrans, but he is not prepared to stand up to Tony Abbott, nor is senator elect Mr Seselja prepared to stand up to Tony Abbott when it comes to the cutting of 20,000 jobs.
Mr Wall: A point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please. Resume your seat, Ms Burch. Mr Wall, a point of order.
Mr Wall: Ms Burch has again referred to Mr Seselja as “senator elect”. I believe that it has been ruled previously by the Speaker of the Assembly that that is out of order.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Wall, I did not actually hear that statement, but Ms Burch I remind you that we will not refer to Mr Seselja by other than his proper name.