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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 May 2010) . . Page.. 1756 ..


Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: The Master Builders Association: again, they have concerns around the change of use charge but, again, they accept and they support our ongoing land release program and our infrastructure spend.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: I think there have been a number of positive responses.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MS GALLAGHER: The wind-up doll is contagious because it is moving down the line here.

Mr Smyth: Oh!

MS GALLAGHER: It is very difficult to answer questions in the Assembly—

Mr Seselja: You’re very sensitive, Katy.

MS GALLAGHER: I am not sensitive at all.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Ms Porter, a supplementary question?

MS PORTER: Treasurer, has there been any criticism of aspects of the 2010-11 ACT budget?

MS GALLAGHER: As I said, there has been a recognition, I think, from most in the community that this budget is under pressure and that we have had to balance the need to return the budget to surplus and restrain spending with the needs and demands of a growing city and its population. Not surprisingly, the opposition have criticised this budget. It is disappointing, because there was the opportunity. Indeed, in previous years, the opposition have identified things that they support in the budget. I have not actually heard of any initiative; it has just been downright negative and critical right since the minute those budget papers were released.

The Leader of the Opposition quite proudly had his very comprehensive and complex three-slide show out today, this morning. Gee, the team must have been working at 150 per cent of capacity to deliver that last night. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about budget night—the fact that the opposition has to do a little bit of work in formulating a response.

We have had three slides put up by the Leader of the Opposition today. We had three slides. Again, when I was looking at them, I thought, “I don’t trust these slides.


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