Page 503 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 5 March 2008

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Mr Seselja: You have caused it, Jon.

MR STANHOPE: We have caused it?

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Seselja!

MR STANHOPE: This government has caused 20 interest rate rises! What a joke.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition will cease interjecting. I am listening to a point of order by Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, this is about relevance. This is a motion about the impact of Rudd government cuts on national institutions and for the past five minutes or so the Chief Minister has been talking essentially about housing affordability, about the rising cost of housing to young ACT families. Now, if the Chief Minister wants to have a debate about housing affordability, let him bring it on. I will be happy to engage him, but this is not the place.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, as you are fully aware, the Chief Minister has explained how the impact of the former government has resulted in interest rate changes and how that flows into funding for the ACT. I think that is entirely relevant.

Mrs Dunne: No, Mr Speaker. On the point of order, this motion—

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, do not mischievously use the standing orders.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I am not mischievously using the standing orders. I am going to the motion, and the motion is about national capital institutions and the effect of job losses in this place.

MR STANHOPE: It is about slashing funding.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope!

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Quiet, Mr Seselja!

Mrs Dunne: And all of the slashing of funding relates to national capital institutions and the loss of jobs in the ACT. The Chief Minister has almost purposely avoided that discussion and thrust it somewhere else. It is really a matter of relevance.

MR SPEAKER: It is entirely relevant. The motion states:

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