Page 1989 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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I see that the Leader of the Opposition is setting a new standard now for how the headline net operating balance should be reported. He will have to demonstrate tomorrow where he will find the $500 million in cuts that will be necessary to achieve his new benchmark. It is a change from three decades because he has now set a new benchmark. The Leader of the Opposition has now set a new benchmark, in that he does not believe that the superannuation provision account adjustment should be included in the headline net operating balance. That is his new standard. We look forward to seeing how he will deliver that.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Steel on a supplementary, members I will take a quiet moment—

Mr Coe interjecting—

Mr Barr interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Minister, please. Members, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of members of the Gunghalin Probus Club. I would also acknowledge the presence in the gallery of three staff from out twin parliament, the parliament of Kiribati. Welcome. On behalf of all members, welcome to question time.

Questions without notice

Budget—election promises

MADAM SPEAKER: I call Mr Steel on a supplementary.

MR STEEL: Chief Minister, how is the ACT government delivering on its election commitments to Canberrans through the 2017 budget?

MR BARR: Our city continues to grow rapidly, and we are putting in place the service and infrastructure investments to ensure that Canberra remains the most livable city in this country and in the world. We are investing in our health system, in our education system, in transportation, in community services and in municipal and local government services, not only to ensure that our city can meet our objectives on livability and getting great health and education outcomes for a growing city, but also to ensure that we are investing in new industries with job creation so that our unemployment rate continues to be the lowest in the nation.

Our economy has been amongst the fastest growing in the country and our service exports have now risen to $1.7 billion annually, an increase faster than that of any other state or territory over this decade. Our higher education system continues to grow rapidly. We are experiencing all-time record levels of tourism in our city, both domestic and international. Our economy is growing strongly. We will be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy by 2020.

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