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Wednesday, 24 May 1989
Page: 2541

Senator HILL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) recalls that the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (Senator Richardson) in his second reading speech to the Australian Capital Territory (Self Government) Bill 1988 on 7 November 1988 on behalf of the Government said:

`The Government is concerned to see that the transfer of financial power from the Commonwealth to the A.C.T., and the transition to Commonwealth, State and Local Government financial arrangements, is smooth, non-disruptive and fair.

Commonwealth funding to the A.C.T. will be guaranteed in real terms for the first two years of self-government. This guarantee also applied to the 1988-89 A.C.T. budget to protect the A.C.T. from the funding reductions felt by the States and the Northern Territory and to maintain the base level of funding in the lead up to self-government.'

(b) notes that it took the Government less than 6 months to breach that promise made to the Parliament, being one of the principal assurances relied upon by the opposition in supporting the Government's bill;

(c) condemns the Minister for yet another hollow promise which discredits the Government and undermines the confidence of the Chamber in negotiating with the Government on the basis of good faith.