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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . . Page.. 1760..


Mrs Dunne: Mr Barr called Mr Smyth a moron. I think that is unparliamentary language and it should be withdrawn.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, I am not sure whether the word "moron"as applied to those opposite is actually an unparliamentary term, and to ask Mr Barr to withdraw the term "moron"is a moronic sort of a view.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, resume your seat, thank you.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, I remind you that you did warn me yesterday about frivolous points of order.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, did you describe Mr Smyth as a moron?

Mr Barr: Not recordable, I would have thought. It was an interjection across the chamber.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, I think you are splitting hairs there.

Mr Barr: Okay. Well, it is certainly recorded now. Yes, I may have, in interjecting across the chamber with Mr Smyth, referred to him as a moron, amongst other things, and if he takes offence at that, I withdraw.

Mrs Dunne: No, it is not a matter of whether he takes offence; you just withdraw.

Mr Seselja: It has to be unqualified, Mr Speaker.

Mr Barr: I withdraw that Mr Smyth is a moron. He is many other things.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr. Mr Smyth, a supplementary question?

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, how did you determine that the ACT would lose $80 million in lower revenue from the GST in 2010-11, as you have now admitted that the ACT is doing its own revenue estimates?

MS GALLAGHER: I think the question was: how did we predict that we were going to lose $85 million? Did you say that? Was that the question? We did not predict that; that was the outcome of the Commonwealth Grants Commission in the change of relativities. But in terms of our own modelling, we have sought information from federal Treasury, but I do acknowledge that these are estimates based on our modelling at this point in time, and it has not been confirmed by federal Treasury that the national pool has grown and that we will benefit in the order of an additional $50 million.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter?

MS PORTER: Treasurer, what is the economic—

Members interjecting—


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