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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (27 May) . . Page.. 667 ..

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Hird): Order! The member's time has expired.

MS CARNELL: The bottom line here is that you cannot do what they have said. You cannot address the operating loss but not address expenditure and not put up any taxes. The fact is that they have not come clean.

MR WOOD (4.36): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to speak again.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: The Chief Minister claimed not to have heard Mr Quinlan speak but to have received accurate reports about his speech. She should also have got accurate reports about what her colleagues have said, and that includes Mr Osborne. A number of the people on that side of the house have stood up and sounded very tough. "We have to take tough action", they say. I did not hear from anybody on that side of the house any of the good ideas that the Chief Minister sought. Mr Osborne spoke about superannuation and painted - - -

Ms Carnell: We are just about to bring down a budget.

MR WOOD: Yes, I know. But I did not hear any of those good ideas that you were seeking. Mr Osborne spoke about superannuation, raising the difficulties that we know about; but he did not come up with a stack of ideas for you now to put into place, or that I should listen to or comment upon. Mr Moore said we should be tough, but he did not say where we should be tough.

Mr Moore: I did. I told you we would tell you in the budget.

MR WOOD: That is exactly right. You said, "Wait for the budget". So Mrs Carnell did not get any of the good ideas she wanted from her side of the house.

Ms Carnell: You tell us what you would do.

Mr Moore: The same as every Labor government has done every year.

MR WOOD: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Chief Minister was heard in silence.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Wood, would you address your remarks to the Chair, and not encourage other people to interject.

MR WOOD: So it is my fault. Maybe the Chief Minister has a few more good ideas of her own, like some of the ones in the last couple of years. Maybe she has some good ideas like selling the lampposts, or socking ACTEW for another $100m plus a lot more, or selling government assets such as buildings.

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