Page 1930 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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you, having spoken to many police officers about this, that they are not that naive. Police officers are not easily tricked. They understand that when you do your maths, if you take $15 million out and you put $3 million back in, that is not increased funding—just like Mr Corbell ripping out 60 beds for exercise bikes and pool equipment.

The commentary on the budget is interesting. There are mixed views. I did enjoy Kate Lundy’s tweet. I must say that the tweet we saw from Kate Lundy about this budget was illustrative. For anyone who does not know who Kate Lundy is, let me say that she was a former long-serving ACT senator, an ALP senator. She went out with a tweet. What did it say? It said:

Disappointing budget for motorists as ACT rego fees and pay parking increase.

So there you have it, Madam Assistant Speaker. If you don’t believe me about this being a disappointing budget, have a look at who is saying that—Kate Lundy, former senator for the ACT for the Labor Party, who served the Labor Party for 19 years. She has had a look at this budget. She knows the impact that this is going to have on families throughout Canberra—on working mums and dads trying to get to work, trying to look after their kids, trying to pay their way in this city. Kate Lundy will tell you what this budget is; it is a disappointing budget.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality) (11.15): Thanks to Dr Bourke for bringing the motion to the Assembly today. It is a pleasure to join my colleagues in speaking about this government’s budget.

It is a real shame that the Canberra Liberals have no imagination when it comes to talking up Canberra and when it comes to a vision for Canberra now and into the future. This budget is a clear statement of our values and our pride in this city, something the Canberra Liberals could learn about and listen to. It is guided by the people who live here and love Canberra as we do—people who love their suburbs and local shops and schools; who believe in fairness and safety in the community and in their homes; and who want their government leading change in our economy and urban environment, not just responding to it. These are the qualities of the most livable city in the world. They exist right across Canberra, and our budget responds to and builds on them. In social inclusion and equality, in domestic violence, in housing and elsewhere, the government is investing in infrastructure and services which Canberrans need.

The ACT’s first social inclusion and equality budget statement has been delivered by the Chief Minister and me as the person assisting the Chief Minister in this area. It includes new and continuing initiatives across the government. It takes in all ministers and all directorates. It shows our commitment to tackling exclusion and inequality in our work. It understands that each person is different, and from there it supports initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives.

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