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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3345 ..


that, and rightly so. She refused to listen to the experts. She refused to listen to Andrew Podger, President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, who said, “Please get the accountants to fix a problem that is theirs.” Why didn’t she do that back in May 2009? She refused to listen to Professor Sinclair Davidson, who described her budgetary arguments as “simply nonsense”. She refused to listen to Terry Dwyer, an economist with a PhD from Harvard. And she refused to listen to—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, your time has expired.

Mr Hanson: I ask for an extension, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Is leave granted?

Mr Corbell: No.

Mr Smyth: Katy was given an extension.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.08): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Hanson from having an extension of time.

Question put:

That Mr Seselja’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 7

Mr Coe

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Hanson

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Ms Hunter

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (11.12): Madam Deputy Speaker, what a waste of time that was. I would have finished by now. To reiterate: she refused to listen to the experts. She refused to listen to Andrew Podger, who said, “Please get someone to speak to the accountants.” She refused to listen to Professor Sinclair Davidson. She refused to listen to Terry Dwyer, an economist with a PhD from Harvard, and she refused to listen to Tony Harris, a former New South Wales Auditor-General, who described her budgetary arguments as “a contrivance”.

This minister told us again and again that the only way that she could get around her budgetary problems was to purchase the hospital. The minister was wrong and she


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