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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, if that is going to be Mr Hanson's point, I would ask you to rule as to whether or not he can ask the Chief Minister a question about decisions taken by the federal Labor government for which he has no ministerial responsibility. I think the Chief Minister is answering the question in the spirit that it was asked, but if we are going to get technical I would ask you to consider whether or not the question is in order.

Mr Hanson: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, Mr Barr has been talking about decisions made by the federal Liberal government, even going as far as describing the Prime Minister as "toxic Tony". I think that in that context it is perfectly reasonable to ask about the 14,500 jobs that were cut by the Labor Party and what his response is to that.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, I think that the question is clear in that it relates to a certain set of job cuts; we have been talking about job cuts by the commonwealth. I think that Mr Barr has been answering the question in the spirit in which it was asked, and he has 42 seconds to continue to do so.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Again, the point I make is that what we have responsibility for is our response to the circumstances that we face. Our response is clear; it is demonstrated in our budget and in our policy commitments. What we hear from those opposite—and it is fair enough; they can argue this—is their view of less ACT government spending. They want to join the cuts. That is what they want to do.

Mr Hanson: That is not true. That's a lie!

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MR BARR: That is what they want to do. If they do not, maybe they can put an alternative position on the table.

Schools—Telopea Park

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, it has been recently reported that Telopea Park School is to lose tennis courts located on Montgomery Oval, land which has been part of the school since 1927. The area in question is being given to provide a new home for the Manuka occasional care centre. Minister, what consultations were had with the school, when did those consultations take place, who from the school attended those discussions and who conducted the consultations?

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister for education—


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