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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 192..


reasonable for us to ask those questions, because although we have the name of the individual who facilitated those calls, let me remind you that we had to ask repeated questions in this place for that to occur. It was only revealed to us after I had to move a motion demanding that information. Dr Bourke is still refusing to answer significant questions about the purpose of that call.

If people in this room and if people in the community still believe this is some simple media inquiry, then they are either extraordinarily naive or stooges of the Labor Party. In closing, I urge members of this Assembly to demand of Dr Bourke that he present to the Assembly the facts of what happened—that is, the purpose of those calls. Why were the calls made that incited the events at the Indigenous tent embassy?

Question put:

That Mr Hanson's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Noes 11: Mr Barr Dr Bourke Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Questions without notice

Budget—deficit

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, yesterday you presented the budget review of the 2011-12 ACT budget. In telling the ACT community that the budget deficit had blown out from $36 million to $181 million, you said:

The deficit is temporary, not structural.

Treasurer, how can you say that the increase in the ACT's deficit is temporary when it has occurred because of such fundamental factors as changes in the way GST revenue is distributed and changes in the nature of the ACT property market?

MR BARR: It is insightful from the first question from the shadow treasurer on an economic matter for some time—his failure to even understand the basic cyclical nature of—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Coe. You are now warned for interjecting.


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