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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . . Page.. 64..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja!

MS GALLAGHER: We are working through all of the issues around savings for our budget. We are doing it carefully, methodically. Yes, from time to time we will seek external views on that.

Mr Seselja: Eight years you have been there and you still have no idea.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Members, resume your seats. Members of the opposition, the continual badgering on questions is not appropriate conduct in question time. A question is asked; let us hear some of the answers from the ministers before you badger with a whole range of further questions.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, how does the cost compare for having the external consultants with the conducting of Mr Costello's functional review of the ACT budget?

MS GALLAGHER: There has been no cost spent, so I cannot compare it. There is nothing—nothing being spent.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a further supplementary?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister why doesn't this government have the capacity to manage its budget process without spending millions of dollars on consultants?

MS GALLAGHER: Oops, there is that little group that has got to get back together! I have not spent any money on consultants yet and, yes, we do manage our budget. We have managed our budget every year since coming to government. We have a AAA credit rating and when the budget review is tabled on Thursday you will see just how our strategy of last year has paid off.

Children and young people—protection

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: For heaven's sake, Mr Hanson.

Mr Stanhope interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, stop encouraging him. Mr Hargreaves, you have the floor.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. What is the government doing to invest in our child protection system?


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