Page 2150 - Week 07 - Thursday, 16 May 2013

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MR HANSON: Chief Minister, why did you lie about the fact that there would be no schools closing in 2004?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please withdraw.

MR HANSON: I withdraw. I rephrase the question: minister, why did you not tell the community that you were going to close 23 schools in 2004?

MS GALLAGHER: I have answered this question in previous question times and, indeed, I have been measured on it in 2008 and 2012. I have answered the people of Canberra with every question they have had and the people of Canberra do not believe what you have just alleged.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, why did you yesterday refuse to guarantee that school funding to the ACT will not drop under Gonski?

Mr Corbell: A point of order. How is the supplementary related to the original question, Madam Speaker?

MADAM SPEAKER: The original question—if someone would like to correct my notes if I have got it wrong—was about Gonski, it was about extra funding and ACT families propping up other places. So it is about Gonski and it is about Gonski funding. Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yesterday I answered, in response to a very similar question, that the government is in the position of negotiating extra funding under the national plan for school improvement—extra, not less.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Extra. I do not know what you do not get about that—extra funding, more.

Economy—global conditions

MS PORTER: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, how are global economic conditions affecting the ACT?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The ACT is, indeed, impacted by global economic conditions, and the global financial crisis and its aftermath has been a period of heightened uncertainty in global financial markets. We have seen weak economic fundamentals in some regions and immense long-term structural changes occurring in many countries. Europe, in particular, has struggled with acute sovereign debt issues, weak international trade and poor economic fundamentals. The US has been somewhat weaker economically. I think it is fair to say that this region, the Asia Pacific, has fared much better, and the ACT is now well placed to take advantage of

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