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beginning of the following school year. The centre will provide multipurpose learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment to support students enrolled at the Caroline Chisholm School.

Public schools in the broader Tuggeranong school network will benefit from the centre, with feeder primary schools using the centre on a regular basis. Teachers at Caroline Chisholm School will use the centre to deliver curriculum, and teachers at other schools in the network will visit the school, with classes to benefit from the facilities. Teachers from across the ACT public education system will have access to the centre for professional development.

The school principal has been consulted on the design concepts, and the school board and P&C will continue to be involved as the final designs are delivered. The school network leaders will also have a role in making sure that it supports the network’s needs. (Time expired.)

It being 3 pm, questions were interrupted pursuant to the order of the Assembly.

Appropriation Bill 2015-2016

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2015-2016]

Debate resumed from 2 June 2015, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MADAM SPEAKER: I understand it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill cognately with executive business order of the day No 6, Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2015-2016. That being the case, I remind members that in debating order of the day No 5, executive business, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 6.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.00): This budget shows that the people of the ACT will face a crossroads at the next election, a crossroads that will set the direction for the ACT for decades into the future. It is a crossroads where the Greens-Labor government is taking the ACT in the wrong direction. The Greens-Labor government is taking us in the direction of high taxes, high fees, high rates and lower services. It is a direction that hits every single person in this territory—to pay for a light rail system that will be used by three per cent of the population. It is a direction that provides for the few, but is paid for by the many.

In this budget almost every single charge paid by Canberrans is increased. Revenue from car rego is up six per cent, car licences up five per cent, taxi licences up 17 per cent, water abstraction up seven per cent, parking fees up 11 per cent and now charged until 10.30 at night, parking fines up a massive 29 per cent, the ambulance levy up eight per cent, the utilities tax up five per cent, the fire and emergency services levy up 25 per cent, land tax up nine per cent, payroll tax up 12 per cent, and the lease variation charge up 15 per cent. That is all massively above CPI. Lastly, and most disturbingly, despite the rhetoric of the Chief Minister, stamp duty revenue still

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