Page 25 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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Other issues mentioned are too many taxes and new taxes. How the government operate: only concerned with big business—thinking more of the big businesses and the multinationals. They do not understand small business needs. There it is at the heart of it: businesses do not feel that they are understood. Here is an interesting one that Mr Wall might have an opinion on: government contracts given to international or interstate companies, not local. The list goes on. Here is another particular favourite: government is being manipulated by the Greens.

There we have it. When it is a good result for the government, Mr Barr is out there hawking the results of the Sensis report and saying, “What a good job we’ve done.” When it is bad, we go to the sample size, that it is isolated, that there are other factors or it is somebody else’s fault. It is the minister’s fault. There is no renewal in this document. There is no inspiration in this document. It is a bunch of cliches cobbled together by a minister who does not have a real agenda because he is not sure about where the people who are running the government—Mr Corbell and Mr Rattenbury—will take him.

This is a government that has been hijacked by a tram. It is as simple as that. We all know what happens when you get hijacked by a single issue. We saw it in the government’s failure to deliver adequately on the Gungahlin Drive extension, where it sucks the life out of the capital works budgets of health and education, and of the amenity of this city. They have made these mistakes before; they will make these mistakes again. They are making these mistakes now. This is not renewal; this is a government that is simply running on empty.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ms Joy Burch—portfolio responsibilities

Motion of no confidence

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.23): I seek leave to move the motion circulated in my name expressing a want of confidence in Minister Joy Burch.

Leave granted.

MR HANSON: I move:

That this Assembly expresses its want of confidence in Minister Joy Burch.

I have to say at the outset that it is disappointing to be back in the Assembly debating a similar motion to that put forward by the opposition last year about the performance of Minister Joy Burch across a range of portfolio areas, but the performance in a couple of key aspects of her responsibilities has necessitated that we do come back. This Assembly had the opportunity to do the right thing last year—it had the opportunity to stand down Minister Joy Burch, and if this Assembly had taken that opportunity a number of things would not have happened. We would not have seen the very poor start to Andrew Barr’s administration through the pokies debacle, and we would not have seen thousands of Tuggeranong residents stuck on Tharwa Drive

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