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why someone was not in the room was not in his narrative. It was: “If you are not here, you don’t give a damn.” You were not there, Mr Doszpot, so I can simply say that you do not give a damn.
In conclusion, Madam Speaker, let me say that the ACT government continues to maintain and provide a first-class education and training system. All of these measures will help build on that system. It is difficult to believe that anyone would oppose such measures, but I am predicting that this budget and these measures—moneys for students with a disability, money for government and non-government schools, money to help canteens—will not be supported by the Canberra Liberals. I will continue to go out into the community and say that Mr Doszpot does not give a damn; he does not support any investment in our children, in our future.
Proposed expenditure agreed to.
MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): Madam Speaker, under standing order 46, I would like to make a personal explanation. I have been misrepresented by Ms Burch.
MADAM SPEAKER: Do you claim to be misrepresented?
MR DOSZPOT: I do.
MADAM SPEAKER: You have leave to outline how you have been misrepresented.
MR DOSZPOT: Madam Speaker, I find Ms Burch’s comments very offensive. I was in London during the period of the estimates, with full permission from this Assembly to represent it at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Westminster seminar. I was there for that duration only. The criticism that she has—
MADAM SPEAKER: Stop, Mr Doszpot. Order! Mr Doszpot, the standing order allows you to outline how you have been misrepresented, not to debate the subject. You have outlined how you have been misrepresented.
Proposed expenditure—Part 1.14—Community Services Directorate—$241,428,000 (net cost of outputs), $14,026,000 (capital injection) and $42,849,000 (payments on behalf of Territory), totalling $298,303,000.
MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (12.17): I am speaking to a component of 1.14, Community Services Directorate, My colleague Andrew Wall will be speaking about disability, youth and Indigenous affairs, and Mrs Jones will be speaking about women, multicultural affairs, community relations, care and protection and ageing. Through estimates hearings it has been emphasised that red tape reduction and working in better partnership with the community services sector are issues that need to be addressed in order to meet accountability indicators and reduce dissatisfaction amongst the sector in general.
It is noted that several community services works in progress are running behind schedule, with the community bearing the brunt of the delays. But the 570 recommendations in the dissenting report presented by Dr Bourke and Mr Gentleman do not appear to have any recommendations with regard to this. The