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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 June 2010) . . Page.. 2977 ..

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): We now move to part 1.9, the home loan portfolio. The question is that the proposed expenditure of nil be agreed to.

Mr Smyth: No.

Mrs Dunne: What happened to Treasury?

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: It is gone. Mrs Dunne, I actually called it. I called each dollar value of it and I put it and I paused, and there was no response. I am sorry.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (8.29): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Part 1.8 being reconsidered.

If we have to have a debate about this, let us do that. We are debating the budget. It was obviously remiss of people to have, perhaps, fazed out for a moment on the Treasury line. This is the most important line in the budget and the Assembly needs to go back and debate it. It would be a farce for us to not debate the Treasury line in the budget.

MR STANHOPE: (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (8.30): Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker, for committing the government to a position on that. I think the point needs to be made that you called it quite clearly, Mr Assistant Speaker. The shadow treasurer and two of his frontbench shadow ministerial colleagues were here. None of them bothered to engage. You called it quite clearly. I heard you call it. I responded. The vote has been carried and the line has been supported. In the interests of actually continuing to exhibit the graciousness for which the government are known, we will, of course, concede.

But it does need to be pointed out, Mr Assistant Speaker, in defence of your ruling, that you were quite clear. You called the item. The shadow treasurer, the shadow minister for health and his colleague just simply dawdled on, dreamed on, and ignored you. But we will, of course, allow the debate to be recommitted.

Members interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members! Can we have a little bit of quiet so that we can have this vote. The question is that standing orders be suspended as would allow a recommittal of the debate on part 1.8, Department of Treasury, the question being that the proposed expenditure of $49,741,000 as the net cost of outputs, $41,900,000 as capital injection and $27,722,000 as payments on behalf of the territory, totalling $191,363,000, be agreed to. Mr Smyth, would you like to speak?

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