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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2385 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

Mr Humphries, in typical style-you get used to it, I suppose; you hear it a lot but it still jars somewhat-likes to create straw men. We produced our costings before the election and we have set out to meet them. Based on estimates, we said, "And the bottom line looks like it will be that much." Now Mr Humphries is claiming that we promised this specific bottom line. Nobody did promise. Nobody said, "I will achieve this exact bottom line." No-one did that.

I find the Humphries style of verballing people somewhat offensive. That is why I, in fact, coined the term "I've been Gary-ed". That is his style. I have to say that, emboldened by their leader, successive members of the opposition have become more strident and have used stronger and stronger language about the budget which, on one hand, they say is grey and the other hand they say is the worst budget ever.

As I have said, Mr Speaker, largely a set piece has been played out. I thank members. I in fact take the net sum of what has been said today as an endorsement of this budget because, really, it seems to be at this point fairly well bullet-proof. So thank you, and I commend the budget to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Reference to select committee

Motion (by Mr Quinlan ) agreed to:

That the Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2002-2003.


Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Revised Administrative Arrangements Orders-Instruments, dated 26 June 2002 (to be Gazetted on 1 July 2002).

ACT Health Review by Michael Reid and Associates, dated May 2002.

Health and Disability Services Report, June 2002

Administration of Justice-ACT Criminal Justice-Statistical Profile-March quarter 2002-Erratum.

Election ACT 2001-ACT Legislative Assembly Election-Electronic Voting and Counting System Review, dated 19 June 2002.

Health Regulation (Maternal Health Information) Act-Quarterly report for approved facilities for the period 1 January to 31 March 2002.

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