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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 June 2010) . . Page.. 2990 ..


I note that Ms Hunter did utter the word “deficit” in her speech, and it is good that we have been able to get over that little barrier, because in the report that she chaired I do not think deficit actually got a run. In a budget that was delivering a string of large deficits, the Labor-Greens report actually could not mention the word. It did remind me a little bit of the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who a couple of years ago could not spit out the word “deficit”. But I suppose it is understandable when you are the government that is delivering a massive deficit. It is a little less understandable when you are sitting on the crossbench. So we did finally hear the word—

Ms Gallagher: Come on back to me, Zed. This is 10 minutes on me, mate.

Mr Hanson: It’s all about me.

Mrs Dunne: It’s all about me. What about me?

MR SESELJA: I have got 18 minutes left—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR SESELJA: There has been a recurring theme today. In earlier debates we heard that it was all about Jon and then that it was all about the Greens, and now Katy is saying, “No, actually, it is all about me.” Well, I will give—

Ms Gallagher: I think you are losing your way; that is all: I am your opponent here.

MR SESELJA: I did start on the Treasurer. She does like to be the centre of attention. I get the strange feeling that when we ask her a lot of questions in question time she does feel under pressure, she does not like it, but at one level she feels flattered that we are asking her all those questions, that we are paying her that attention.

Mr Hanson: She does. She loves it. She loves the attention.

Ms Gallagher: I think that’s for you and your psychiatrist to work out, Zed—why you do that.

MR SPEAKER: Order members! Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Thank you. I am responding to interjections; I apologise, Mr Speaker. When there is a little bit less noise, I will try and get back to the—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, thank you, members. Let us get back to part 1.8 of the budget.

Ms Gallagher: One for his therapy couch.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher.

MR SESELJA: I will try and get back to 1.8. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I appreciate the guidance; it is very important.


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