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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3131..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

next 10 years spend $10 billion in dealing with issues in the Murray-Darling basin."That was quite legitimate, caused absolutely no—

Mr Mulcahy interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: Mr Mulcahy makes the point that that was an announcement made actually before the budget—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minster! Has this got anything to do with the question?

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: And, please, members of the opposition, stop interjecting. I don't want to have a repeat of yesterday.

MR STANHOPE: It has. It is by way of explanation of the position that the ACT government is adopting and I am emulating Mr Mulcahy's two heroes, John Howard and Peter Costello, in at least considering the possibility of seeking to meet emerging community priorities outside the budget process.

Mr Pratt: You are secretly in love with John Howard!

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Pratt! Cease interjecting.

MR STANHOPE: If I do decide to do that, I would do it through a second appropriation rather than just off the top of my head.

Mr Pratt: Everything else is done in secrecy.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Pratt! That's twice. Supplementary question, Mr Mulcahy?

MR MULCAHY: Treasurer, on what date following the budget were government departments told to prepare proposals for additional expenditure to be considered by cabinet?

MR STANHOPE: I will have to take that question on notice, Mr Speaker.

Pace egg farm

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Chief Minister. It concerns his undertaking to implement a suite of measures to phase out battery cage farming in the ACT. Minister, in your press release you undertook to negotiate with Pace Farm, to write to other agriculture ministers and procure only barn or free range eggs. Could you please convey to the Assembly how the negotiations are going, what responses you have had to your letters and when procurement measures will be implemented?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank Dr Foskey for the question. Dr Foskey, following the announcement I made in relation to the government's position in relation to battery cage egg production, I sought a meeting with Pace Farm.

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