Page 4924 - Week 15 - Thursday, 15 December 2005

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MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Treasurer.

Mr Quinlan: Is it in my portfolio area?

Mr Stanhope: You have not asked a single question of the responsible minister yet.

Mr Smyth: Oh, you are not responsible; the Chief Minister is not responsible!

MR SPEAKER: Order, please, members of the opposition!

MR STEFANIAK: Treasurer, what level of funding was appropriated in 2005-06 for construction of the prison?

MR QUINLAN: I have not got the number on that.

Mr Stanhope: Oh, you’re sacked! Out of here!

MR QUINLAN: Hang on. Do you want me to pull out the budget? I am sure that you have a copy of it somewhere. It is a bill of this house and can be easily looked up, so I will not even take the question on notice.

MR STEFANIAK: Treasurer, have you informed the Chief Minister that he gave wrong information to the Assembly when he said that $128 million had been appropriated?

Mr Stanhope: It had been allocated, Bill.

Mrs Dunne: That is not what you said.

Mr Stanhope: Oh, dearie me, I said “appropriated” instead of “allocated”!


Mr Stanhope: I resign! I resign!

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, on behalf of the opposition, I accept the Chief Minister’s resignation.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Sit down.

Mr Stanhope: I know that it is the last sitting day of the year, but this is pathetic.

MR SPEAKER: Order! We cannot deal with this question whilst there is such disorder.

MR QUINLAN: No, I have not discussed the matter with the Chief Minister. If, on reflection, we find that he has committed a grievous evil, I am sure that caucus will take the matter in hand.

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