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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 5507..


MS GALLAGHER: And if you just go and talk to some of your supporters in the business industry—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Could you stop the clock, please?

MS GALLAGHER: Go and talk to some of your supporters and see what they say about the arboretum.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, could you please sit down. Thank you. Members, Mr Smyth was heard in relative silence and since Ms Gallagher has been on her feet there has been nothing but interjection from the opposite side. Do we want to start the day by my warning people? And I will. So please remain silent while Ms Gallagher is speaking.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I must say I do not even hear them anymore; it is just the usual course of operations for me when I rise to my feet.

If we take the solar feed-in tariff scheme, which the Liberals have decided to use and politicise in terms of the increase in cost to households of $225 per year, what they do not put in that part of the motion is the situation when fully subscribed over a 10-year period. When you look at what the government has agreed to—we have not agreed to the full scheme at this point in time—the key consideration for government around that was potential pressure on prices; that was one of the considerations we looked at when we allocated an increase to the scheme this year.

In terms of the Cotter Dam and the price of building the Cotter Dam, which I think has been independently assessed, verified and analysed, are the Liberals seriously suggesting that they could build that dam cheaper? Is that what you are suggesting by your motion today? When you look at the issues around health—

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson?

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, I would ask that the minister address her comments through you under standing order 42 rather than directly questioning us opposite. If you want us to remain silent, her continued questioning of us across the chamber does not help. She should follow the standing orders, specifically standing order 42, and address her comments through you, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, thank you very much for your contribution. Ms Gallagher can continue.

Mr Stanhope: Jellyback, oh, jellyback.

Mr Smyth: I have a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.


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