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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 1876 ..


MR SPEAKER: Not yet.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I have to say—

Mr Smyth: Sit down, Jon. You’re irrelevant. Sit down. Get your facts straight, mate.

Mr Stanhope: All right. Mr Speaker, I have to say that I fear that you are at risk of losing control of this chamber with your continuing ignoring—

Opposition members interjecting

Mr Stanhope: with your propensity to continue to ignore the rabble that ministers are forced to deal with every day in question time.

Mr Smyth: To the point of order, Mr Speaker, the simple question was: which of the figures presented are incorrect? The minister has not even mentioned a single figure that might be vaguely incorrect and she needs to come back to the question.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, Mr Smyth’s question in fact was a supplementary to mine and I did not ask for particular figures. I did not address any figures. I asked for facts behind the budget—

Opposition members interjecting

Mr Hargreaves: and so the minister has allowed that latitude and was attempting to answer the question. So I think, Mr Speaker, that you should rule Mr Smyth’s point out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: And if the minister cannot tell the difference between the Liberal Party and the Communist Party, I am sorry about that.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, before you resume, on the points of order Mr Stanhope is correct: the noise in here is unacceptable today. I have tried to draw your attention to that. Mr Seselja is on a warning. The next member that intervenes will also be on a warning. Treasurer, you might come to the question.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am just putting the context around the very simplistic slide show that we were inflicted with yesterday—that it does not tell the honest truth. You can use numbers, as you have in your three slides, to try to make a particular point. But the truth is, when you actually look at the different data, when


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