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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 31 March 2011) . . Page.. 1194 ..


MR SPEAKER: Order, Treasurer!

Mr Seselja: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. It is on relevance. The question—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stanhope, thank you.

Mr Seselja: The question had nothing to do with the Lions Club or anything else.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. I have called the Treasurer to order. Thank you.

Mrs Dunne: I have a different point of order, Mr Speaker. Could I ask that you require Mr Stanhope to withdraw the assertion that Mr Hanson is spineless and chinless, but at least spineless.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw “spineless” and I am glad that Mrs Dunne recognises the “chinless”.

MS GALLAGHER: I cannot even recall what the question was about now.

Mr Seselja: Environmental tax, I believe, Treasurer.

Mr Smyth: Would you guarantee that there will not be an environmental tax?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, and I think I have answered that, and I do not want to risk inflaming those opposite yet again.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, why has the commissioner proposed the hypothecation of taxation revenue for environmental projects and is this an acceptable approach to suggest?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, that seeks an opinion from the minister, and this minister is not responsible for the operations of the commissioner for sustainability; another minister is.

MR SPEAKER: Could we have the question again, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Certainly. Treasurer, why has the commissioner proposed the hypothecation of tax revenue for environmental projects and is this an acceptable approach to suggest?

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I think that under standing order 114, the question relates to the matters for which the minister is responsible.

Ms Gallagher: It does?


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