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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 November 2011) . . Page.. 5406 ..


MS PORTER: Minister, what fiscal mechanisms would need to be available to fund $36.8 million worth of promises in the outyears?

MR BARR: There would essentially be three options or a combination of those three: to go into deficit, to cut expenditure or to raise revenue in other areas, or a combination of the above. One must wonder when Mr Seselja yesterday launched, in full Eric Cartman style, into his rant about taxation and particularly—

Mrs Dunne: It is disorderly to make pejorative comments about members in this place by likening them to cartoon characters. Mr Barr has form on this and he should be asked to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Members, I think we will simply proceed. Mr Barr, you have the floor.

MR BARR: Thank you. In the remaining minutes that I have, given that every part, I note, of this answer has been interjected upon, I indicate that when the Leader of the Opposition went on his particular tirade yesterday, identifying the charges that the shadow Treasurer when he was urban services minister was responsible for, he did give a further indication of the great fiscal difficulty that the Canberra Liberals face. On the one hand they are allegedly committed to abolishing a series of taxes. Each shadow minister has indicated their desire to spend a considerable amount more in their portfolio areas yet they still expect to be able to deliver a budget surplus. It would appear almost impossible, Mr Speaker, to simultaneously cut revenue, raise expenditure and deliver a budget surplus—

Mr Hanson: You are a liar.

MR BARR: unless Mr Seselja has a special money tree that he believes—

MR SPEAKER: Members, order! Mr Hanson, I invite you to withdraw that comment you just made across the chamber.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services

Motion of censure

MR COE (Ginninderra) (3.18), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly censure Simon Corbell for persistently misleading the Assembly and community about funding of the RSPCA.

It is disappointing that once again this Assembly’s time is being taken up by the inaccuracies of those opposite. Once again this place, the Assembly, and indeed the community have been let down by a minister who has not given truthful information


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