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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 164..


Questions without notice

Budget—deficit

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, this year you delivered the biggest deficit in territory history of $381 million. In 2013-14 you have a projected deficit of $117.6 million. On 9 November 2012 you released a statement saying the election commitments made by Labor during the campaign and from the Labor-Greens parliamentary agreement total an extra $68 million in 2013-14. Treasurer, how will you fund the additional $68 million in new spending without blowing the already $117 million deficit?

MR BARR: You can wait until budget day to find out.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question.

MR SESELJA: Treasurer, what is the total cost of Labor Party election commitments and initiatives from the Labor-Greens agreement in 2014-15, and how will you fund this?

MR BARR: As I have said publicly, the estimates range between $60 million and $80 million over the forward estimates period—$60 million to $80 million per annum. There are, of course, a number of offsets contained within the 2012-13 budget, including the health growth funding envelope that I believe the Leader of the Opposition would be aware of.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, what is the total cost of Labor Party election commitments and initiatives from the Labor-Greens agreement in 2015-16, and how will you fund this?

MR BARR: I refer the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to my previous answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, what is the total cost of Labor Party election commitments and initiatives from the Labor-Greens agreement in 2016-17, and how will you fund this?

MR BARR: Obviously the Deputy Leader of the Opposition is having some difficulty diverting from his pre-prepared script. I refer him to my previous answer.

Health—secure mental health unit

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 30 September this year a Canberra Times article on Labor's mental health election promises states:


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