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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3332..


MS MacDONALD: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Can the Treasurer say what direct impacts would derive from the opposition's proposals for cutting revenue?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I ask for your ruling as to whether that is an expression of opinion. I cannot remember what the standing order says, but the question is out of order.

Ms MacDonald: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: the question was not asking for an opinion. It was asking what the impact would be if these cuts went ahead.

MR SPEAKER: The point at issue here is that I think that the question is hypothetical. The Chief Minister is responsible for his own policies, not necessarily the opposition's policies.

Mr Stanhope: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: the question goes to the implications of a quantum cut. We know what the quantum is: around $80 million or $100 million.

MR SPEAKER: I am prepared to listen to the question again, but it sounded hypothetical to me.

Mr Seselja: Do not change it.

Ms MacDonald: No, I will not change it, Mr Seselja. Thank you for your direction. Mr Speaker, from looking at the question, I think you are correct; it is hypothetical. It says, "Can the Treasurer say what direct impact would derive from the opposition's proposals for cutting revenue?"

MR SPEAKER: I think it is hypothetical.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Personal explanation

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented and would like to use standing order 46 to set the record straight.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Just a minute ago, in answer to Ms MacDonald's question, Mr Stanhope said that I had said that the Liberal opposition would abolish the water abstraction charge. At no stage have I ever said that and at no stage has any member on this side of this place said that we would abolish the water abstraction charge.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Ministerial Level Intergovernmental Agreement Negotiations List—As at 6 October 2006.


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