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Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee


MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition), by leave: I table a schedule of outstanding answers to questions on notice, as mentioned yesterday in my tabling speech on the estimates report. I failed to table it yesterday. I present the following paper:

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee—Schedule of outstanding answers to questions on notice at 6 August 2013, dated 6 August 2013.

Sitting suspended from 12.28 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

ACT public service—wage negotiations

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I refer to comments you made yesterday on the ABC. You said, in relation to the wage negotiations currently being conducted, “It will at some point come to a decision about more money versus jobs. At the moment we are just managing to keep the balance right. But if it gets too much further down the track we are going to have to look at our job numbers.” The CPSU responded by saying, “The government is well versed in using the big stick in relation to threatening jobs if you don’t accept an inferior pay cut.” Chief Minister, why are you now using the “big stick” of threatening jobs when you have previously promised ACT public servants that you would protect their jobs?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. I was answering a question asked by a journalist, and I was answering it honestly. I have made that point clear to the unions. The unions are doing what they need to do at this point in time, which is to organise and recruit members. This is an opportunity for

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